History

History

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Our founders Jillian Stokes and Gabe Howe started exploring the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area four years after the 2002 Biscuit Fire, just as damage from the fire was beginning to precipitate. Eventually they began clearing trails of debris on their hikes, and decided to recruit volunteers for help.

The Siskiyou Mountain Club formed then, in 2009, as a group of hikers determined to save a network of trails that was disappearing from the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area.

By 2010 we were in the field working under a Forest Service Volunteer Agreement in the most remote sections of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness on a route we nominated for restoration. We incorporated the same year and formed a board of Directors in 2011, the same year we received 501(c)(3) public charity status.

We now work on projects in four Federal Wilderness Areas under different agreements with the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Six Rivers National Forest, and Medford Bureau of Land Management. We supervise 1000s of volunteer hours annually and employ seasonal youth crews.

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SMC co-founder Jillian Stokes gears up for a long hike into the Chetco River

SMC co-founder Gabe Howe
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