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**Trail Crew Report**

June 26 - July 03, 2024

This report comes from the South Region Trail Rangers, David Fish & Hunter Marlatt representing trail work on the Boise National Forest, Idaho City Ranger District.

Idaho has one of the largest trail systems in the United States. Keeping trails accessible to users is the number one priority of the Trail Ranger program. Their goal is to open the most miles of trail in a season while at the same time improving the trail system with light maintenance so all users can enjoy Idaho’s trails.

Making more miles of trail available to trail users, disperses the use, reduces environmental impacts, and user conflict.

A true G.O.A.T. on this #WildlifeWednesday

The best times to see mountain goats are if you’re climbing a mountain in the summertime or during the colder months they descend to lower, less snowy areas. In months when the temperature warms, these mountain goats are back up in elevation, climbing sheer cliff walls and standing high above the rest of all the less hardy goats. It takes a fit hiker to scramble after these elusive animals that can thrive at elevations of 8,000 -10,000 feet.

Speaking of goats, interestingly considering their name, the 𝐦𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐠𝐨𝐚𝐭 (𝘖𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮𝘯𝘰𝘴 𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘯𝘶𝘴) is actually not a goat. Mountain goats actually belong to a group of hoofed mammals called “goat-antelopes” despite not being closely related to either one. Members of this group include the chamois of Europe and others in east Asia and Japan.

Mountain goats can be found in North Idaho, the White Cloud Mountains of central Idaho, and the southeast corner of the state. This shaggy individual was in the Snake River Range, south of the Tetons. They are protected from the elements by their woolly greyish white double coats. The fine, dense wool of their undercoats is covered by an outer layer of longer, hollow hairs. Mountain goats molt in spring by rubbing against rocks and trees, with the adult billies shedding their extra wool first and the pregnant nannies shedding last. As you can see, the molt is in full swing with this one!

Photo by Bruce Hallman, BLM Idaho Falls District

Make Smokey Bear proud by practicing safe campfire habits. Drown, stir, and repeat until its cold. Remember that only you can prevent wildfires ...

IRC Summer Membership Meeting

Please plan to attend on June 22 at 501 Baybrook Court, Boise, from 10:00 am to 3 pm!

RSVP [email protected]

IRC is proof that alone we can do little but together we can do so much!

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The Idaho Recreation Council is comprised of Idahoans from all parts of the state with a wide spectrum of recreation interest and love for the future of Idaho and a desire to preserve recreation for future generations of Idahoans. If you believe access is important to your recreation please consider joining a club in your area.

Responsible Shared Use

These three words succinctly express the Idaho Recreation Council’s philosophy; a philosophy that emphasis rights and responsibilities.  For example, both motorized and non-motorized users recreate on public lands but each also has a responsibility to act in a way that minimizes their impact on the resource as well as on the other users.  With these opportunities granted to us, comes responsibilities. 

The phrase goes beyond simply advocating multiple use.  It requires from those who advocate it a willingness to not be selfish.  It means other’s preferences are accepted recognizing that one’s choice of recreation is not better than another, just different, and that not one user group has greater rights than another.  Behavior is courteous and respectful at all times and is not dependent upon others behavior.

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Sandra Mitchel | Executive Director

Jim Kulm | President

‘Mike Mickelsen’ | RV

Cliff Hoisington | 4 x 4

David G | ATV

Randy Harrison |  Rock Hounds

Kirk Buck |  UTV

Mark Wood | Snowmobile

Mark Jennings | Vice President

Sean McConnachie | Jet Boat

Steve Frisbie | Treasurer

Steve Swann | Backcountry Aviation

Ron Hancock | Small Suction Dredge Mining

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