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By Amanda Garant 

Before We Hit the Woods, Someone's Got to Maintain the Trails

Some Montana Trails See Clear Travel Ahead


Amanda Garant - Prairie Populist

A volunteer trail crew with the Montana Wilderness Association builds a retaining wall on a washed-out section of the Continental Divide Trail that was previously impassable for stock.

It's rare to find something that four out of five folks agree upon these days. But that is how many Montanans - 81 percent of us - recreate outside, whether we're hunting, snowmobiling, fishing or picnicking.

When we're out in the woods, how often do we think of the trails we're using? Do we consider the hardworking crews that hike hundreds of miles each summer lugging saws and pulaskis into...

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