Trails Don't Maintain Themselves. That's Where FAMB...and our Supporters...Come in
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 clears and maintains 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.
Our Flathead Trail Crew's inaugural 2020 work season was funded thanks to 103 generous donors who gave a combined $14,720.34 to FAMB during the Whitefish Community Foundation's 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 with a 49% match 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 community generously donated a total of $24,459 during this drive, and thanks to the continued generosity of donors to the Match Fund, FAMB received a match in the amount of $11,250.
FAMB was also honored during the 2020 Great Fish Community Challenge to accept the Doris Schumm Community Spirit Award from the Whitefish Community Foundation in recognition for our dedication to improving recreational opportunities throughout the Flathead. This award honors the late Doris Schumm, who was a great friend to nonprofit organizations in Whitefish and an avid volunteer. She donated countless hours and support to the Whitefish Library, Whitefish Theatre Company, North Valley Food Bank, and the Whitefish Community Foundation, where she served on the Board of Directors and the Grants Committee. We thank the Grants Committee at the Whitefish Community Foundation for this great honor, which was accompanied by a $2,500 grant.
Here's a list of priority trails that our Flathead Trail Crew is focused on maintaining. Click on each trail for more information. If you notice a local trail that needs work, email our Trail Project Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 to our Trail Project Coordinator below and our crew will try to address the issue.