To address the backlog of Flathead Valley trails in need of maintenance and upkeep and the chronic underfunding of trail maintenance projects at both the state and federal level, FAMB founded the Flathead Trail Crew in 2020. Our professional, paid trail crew is hard at work clearing and maintaining multi-use trails on state land, in the National Forest, and in city and county parks throughout the Flathead Valley. We focus particularly on trails that mountain bikers love to ride - and trails that we feel people would love riding if they were properly maintained.
Thanks to 103 generous donors, FAMB raised $14,720.34 for the Flathead Trail Crew in the 2019 Great Fish Community Challenge. With matching donations courtesy of some very generous, community-minded folks who donated to the Match Fund, this amount was increased by 49% to $22,050.05.
From June 30 to September 18, 2020, FAMB once again participated in the Great Fish Community Challenge to raise funds for our Flathead Trail Crew's 2021 work season. The best part of this fundraising event is that total donations up to $20,000 will be matched on a percentage basis, which means the impact of each donation is amplified. The community generously donated a total of $24,459 during this drive, and as of mid-October, 2020, we are awaiting word on what percentage the match will be. As an example, if the match is 40% (of the maximum match amount $20,000), then FAMB will receive an additional $8,000 for local trails. To find out what the match percentage will be, you can tune in to the Great Fish Community Challenge Awards Ceremony at 6pm on Monday, October 26 on the Whitefish Community Foundation Youtube Channel.
Here's a glimpse of some of the trails FAMB's Flathead Trail Crew has been working on, and will continue to maintain during the 2021 work season. Click on each trail for more information. If you notice a local trail that needs work, let us know!
See something that needs work? Some examples: Swampy areas on the trail that could be fixed by drainage work, trees blocking a trail, or brush encroaching on the trail corridor. Submit a request below and our crew will try to address the issue.