Missoula, Montana — The Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation (SBFC) was awarded the National Wilderness Stewardship Organization of the Year at the National Wilderness Workshop in Missoula in April.
The award, presented by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance and the Society for Wilderness Stewardship, is presented annually to a wilderness organization that has demonstrated outstanding ability to steward their wilderness areas.
SBFC conducts wilderness trail work in the 4-million-acre Selway-Bitterroot and Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness areas, comprising the largest wilderness complex in the contiguous United States. Since 2006, SBFC staff and volunteers have maintained over 5,000 miles of trail, cleared 87,134 trees, and removed 7,688 pounds of trash in the Selway and the Frank. SBFC accomplishes this work through on-the-ground stewardship work, public education and outreach, and partnerships.
The Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation has evolved over the past 17 years from a grassroots organization to a multi-faceted, high performing wilderness stewardship nonprofit. SBFC partners with four national forests within the Selway and the Frank, as well as the local businesses, aligned NGOs, and residents/volunteers.
This upcoming season, SBFC will send six work crews into the wilderness and host 18 volunteer projects.
Learn more about SBFC at www.selwaybitterroot.org.