Idaho Legislature Wants Wilderness Trails Repaired
In the Idaho Legislature, representatives want some help from the U.S. Forest Service to clean up trails damaged by wildfires in wilderness areas.
The Idaho House of Representatives Resources and conservation Committee has brought forward a resolution specifically for the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.
In an Associated Press story, Republican Representative Marc Gibbs said the that U.S. Forest Service needs to repair trails that have been damaged by years of wildfires, or let Idaho volunteers do it.
Gibbs is worried that the miles of damaged trails will hurt tourism by causing a drop in hiking, hunting and outfitting.
The Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Wilderness Foundation, for instance, has been able to improve facilities and miles of trails throughout the Montana and Idaho wilderness areas, while staying within the wilderness regulations.