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.
FAMB's Flathead Trail Crew Primary Funding Sources ...and the power of matching donations
The primary source of funding for FAMB's Flathead Trail Crew is the The Whitefish Community Foundation's Great Fish Community Challenge. Our crew's inaugural 2020 work season was funded by donations totaling $14,720.34 during our 2019 Great Fish Community Challenge drive. A 49% match courtesy of generous match fund donors increased this 49% to $22,050.05. In 2020, FAMB's Great Fish Community Challenge effort garnered donations totaling $24,459, with a match of $11,250. This enabled our crew to maintain over 130 miles of trail in 2020.
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 of 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. This great honor was accompanied by a $2,500 grant, bringing our 2020 total raised during this drive to $38,209.
In 2021, FAMB inked two five-year agreements with the Flathead National Forest (FNF) for a combined total of $25,000 in funding under the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) for FAMB to assist the FNF in addressing the deferred maintenance backlog on FNF trails. With more GAOA funding likely in the near future, FAMB is proud to partner with FNF crews to get our local trails riding, running and hiking their best, earlier in the season. Great Fish Community Challenge funds have enabled FAMB to purchase a much-needed work truck for our crew this Spring, and together with GAOA funds, have enabled our crew to accomplish the following as of July 30, 2021:
2021 FAMB Flathead Trail Crew Stats as of July 30 Miles of Trail Maintained: 43.85 Trees Cleared from Obstructing Trail: 219 Cutbacks Made: 327 Dead/Overhanging Trees Felled: 55 Miles of Trail Brush Cut: 10.7 Miles of Drainage Maintained: 21.25 Feet of Tread Repair: 905 Estimated Labor Hours: 828.4
This year, FAMB is once again honored to participate in the 2021 Great Fish Community Challenge, which runs August 5 - September 17. The great thing about this fundraiser is that your gift will be matched on a percentage basis, which makes your donation dollar go the extra mile - literally. The more FAMB raises, the more miles of trail we're able to maintain. It really is that simple. So - If you want your donation to have maximum impact, now is the time to give.
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 if we can.