Maybe we can do something
I kind of owe the folks at Sam Houston NF a bit of an apology. I knew they were struggling with budget problems, but had no idea that thier budget had been cut so drastically. This came across the LSHT Yahoo Group. The new Director addressed the monthly Trails Coalition meeting and gave this bit of info:
Anybody got any ideas on what we, as a group, could do?
There's always the tried and true Raffle with proceeds donated to the Rangers. Small potatoes for sure but ask SloHike and RockDawg69 about it. As for larger dollar amounts - perhaps join up with the already organized groups for larger fundraising events and volunteer perhaps?
I believe Each NF Ranger station has a volunteer application - you can help with a variety of tasks from admin, to clean-up!
Lots of volunteer positions are posted each year for almost every NF, BLM, and Wildlife areas. Some even come with free campsites ;))
My closest NF also has a small non-affiliated club and we volunteer for trail maintenance about twice a year - it's a blast!
Get to know your NF volunteer coordinator.
Got to be lots of other good ideas out there....
I'm in. "My" NF is the Ouachita...I love it there...it restores me. I will be contacting them Monday morning, re: volunteering.
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