Superior Volunteer Connection

A program volunteer helps dig a new latrine in the BWCAW.

Since 2006, the Friends has worked with the U.S. Forest Service to run the Superior Volunteer Connection program.

This program puts volunteers in the bow of Forest Service canoes, with Forest Service staff in the stern. Volunteers — most of them working the entire permit season from May to September — paddle and portage with the staff. Sometimes there are bigger projects that need volunteers for longer, multi-week trips. They help with campsite and portage maintenance, as well as with monitoring and education efforts that help maintain the BWCAW’s wilderness character despite the heavy pressure the Wilderness receives.

The Superior National Forest is currently seeking volunteers for brushing and campsite maintenance trips for May – September 2014. Consider volunteering as part of celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act!

Portage Brushing/Site Maintenance Volunteer May – Sept, 2014 Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN
Brushing portages on specific canoe routes, cleaning/maintaining campsites,
or assisting in Encounter Monitoring program in BWCA Wilderness.
Difficulty Level: Low to High, depending on type of trip and conditions. Volunteers should be comfortable working, camping, and traveling in a variety of environmental conditions.
Trip length ranges from 1-2 days to 5-6 days.
2-4 volunteers needed for each wilderness trip – 5 trip locations
Minimum Age: 18
Contact Ryan Blaisdell 218.663.8603 (rblaisdell@fs.fed.us) or Cathy Quinn 218.387.3240 (cquinn@fs.fed.us)
Backcountry Campsite Maintenance Volunteer July 21-25, 2014 Superior National Forest, MN
Pack out trash, brush sites, reset latrines, reset fire grates, remove hazard trees and do
erosion prevention work on campsites.
Difficulty Level: Low to Medium, depending on campsite and conditions. Volunteers should be
comfortable working, camping, and traveling in a variety of environmental conditions.
Trip length is 1 week, including travel and training. Food and all necessary equipment provided.
20 volunteers needed on 8 teams in 5 Ranger Districts
Minimum Age: 18

Registration Deadline: July 1

Ely area contact Jamie Lowe 218.365.2080, Cook/Aurora area contact Mark Toot 218.666.0033, Tofte/Grand Marais area contact Jon Benson 218.663.8085

To find out more or to express your interest in volunteering, email us.

In addition, the Heart of the Continent Partnership maintains a directory of wilderness and park volunteer opportunities on both sides of the border. Next time you visit, consider adding a volunteer experience to your wilderness trip.