EVERETT — The Mt. Baker Ranger District is looking for volunteers to help educate day hikers, backpackers and climbers on five of the busiest Mt. Baker area trail systems: Heliotrope Ridge, Skyline Divide, Park Butte/Railroad Grade, Yellow Aster Butte and Heather Meadows/Artist Point.
A Mountain Steward receives training in low-impact recreational skills, natural history and back country management issues. You will then volunteer for three daytime shifts interacting with the public on trails with fellow Mountain Stewards.
Qualification is to be at least 18 years with hiking and outdoor recreation skills. (Exceptions can be made for high school students interested in participating). The timeline is July 13 through Sept. 8.
Volunteers are expected to attend trainings on two Saturdays, July 13 and 20, and commit to a total of three weekend days in the summer. A third optional training will be held Aug. 3 for those wishing to volunteer at Heather Meadows.
To apply, submit the Mountain Steward volunteer application by June 30. Applications are available at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/mbs/volunteering.