The Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation


Mission Statement

The Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation assists the Forest Service in providing stewardship for the Selway-Bitterroot and Frank Church River of No Return Wildernesses and surrounding wildlands through boots on the ground work, public education, and partnerships.


The Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation is a community of wilderness minded and hardworking individuals dedicated to bringing citizens and youth to wilderness to work, live, and play. Formed in 2005, SBFC helps steward the 4-million-acre Selway-Bitterroot and Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness areas and surrounding wildlands, across Idaho and Montana.
We insure recreational use by opening trails and maintaining trail connectivity. We also protect the natural conditions of wilderness ecosystems through wilderness and water quality monitoring, campsite obliteration, invasives removal and erosion mitigation.

Program Details

SBFC Wilderness Ranger Fellow (WRF) program
The goals of the WRF program are to train, educate, mentor, and provide employment development opportunities for the next generations of Wilderness professionals and provide skilled support to the Forest Service for accomplishing priority Wilderness work.
This is a 14-week fellowship for military veterans and college students doing undergraduate or graduate work in conservation, resource management, Wilderness, recreation or related fields.  The fellowship offers Wilderness skills training including the basics of trail maintenance, Wilderness First Responder, and Wilderness Act history and policy, followed by 12 weeks working in the Selway-Bitterroot and Frank Church Wilderness areas, with trained wilderness professionals, US Forest Service managers, and volunteers. 
Our volunteers are dedicated to wilderness stewardship. We couldn't accomplish our mission without their willingness to work and enthusiasm for wilderness. 
There are several ways to participate in an adventure with us: maintain and protect wilderness trails, co-host a Forest Service cabin or lookout, drive shuttles, and pack in supplies for crews on extended trips. We're also always seeking volunteers for local, community projects.
Please get in touch to find out how you can get involved!
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120 Hickory St, Ste A
Missoula, MT 59801
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