Supplementary Saw Accident and Near Miss Sharing:

National USFS Saw Accident / Near Miss Reporting Form (

Other opportunities to share:


If you have any more information that you would like to share regarding your incident, please email your Regional Saw Program Manager.

National SPM – Dan McLaughlin (detailed),


By Melanie Vining, ITA Executive Director

I wouldn’t put myself in the “wing it” category, but if there is spectrum I’d not be at the “well-prepared” end either. Maybe somewhere in the middle. I’ve taken off on ten-mile day hikes with running shoes and a peanut butter sandwich, but I’ve also done weeklong backpacking trips and checked all the boxes: proper food, first aid kit, clothing for bad weather, etc. I’m…semi-prepared. But a recent event has underscored, for me, the importance of planning for the worst.

If you read my last blog post, you know I was injured in a horseback riding accident in May. In this case, I was prepared: I went for a short ride from my house, alone, but made sure I had my phone in my pocket and not in my saddle bag so in the off chance I should end up on the ground (where are these odds when I play the lotto?!), I’d have communication. In this case, a phone= preparedness. I was riding a good horse, one that had done hundreds of miles on trails and leading pack strings with me the summer before. I was leading a mule that had gone on most of those trips. Our skill set matched our journey. But, as they say, stuff happens.

So back to preparedness. People approach this topic differently, but I’ve had a lot of time to think about it in the last month (a LOT), and I feel like there is a “recipe” for being prepared for an outdoor adventure.

  • The first ingredient is sort of internal: fitness level and skill set. If you are embarking on a hike or other adventure more challenging or complex than you’ve attempted before, preparedness might look like training hikes and practicing certain skills ahead of time. Never tested the water filter? Maybe try that sucker out before it clogs, you don’t know how to troubleshoot, and you find yourself staring at a stagnant pond, choosing between imminent gastrointestinal malady or being really freaking thirsty.
  • The second ingredient is gear: are you out for a few hours? A day? Weeks? What could you possibly encounter in that time? Weather, physical obstacles, wildlife…a list helps. Maybe bear spray isn’t important hiking in the Boise Foothills for the afternoon, but for the same 3-mile hike in the Selkirk Mountains, it’s essential. The three-season tent is dead weight on a July Priest River hike but it’s a life saver on an October trek in the high Sawtooths.
  • Next in the recipe: communication. Does someone know where you’re going and plan to return? Do you have a way to call for help should you need it? Back to my horse wreck. I was ¼ mile from my house and less than that from our neighbors, but in a field that was totally out of sight from both. I hadn’t told anyone where I was going, since it was “just out the back door” and my husband and kids were at work and school. Had I not had my phone, I would have been stuck, surrounded by my unconcerned and equally invisible animals, for several hours before anyone missed me. But I’d planned ahead enough so I was able to call for help right away. Bring the phone where it works, invest in the satellite communication device. You can still “unplug” and not text for fun, but it could literally save your life. Tell someone where you’re going, too. Give them a map if they aren’t familiar with the area you’ll be in. Technology can fail, and a human back up plan is essential.
  • Maybe most important is medical. Ideally, everyone should have basic first aid training and a basic first aid kit in their pack, vehicle, saddlebags, always. There are many resources for training and information; take advantage of them (or become an ITA crew leader and get Wilderness First Aid Training for free!). Sadly, there are injuries the best of the backpack first aid kits and even surgeon-level education and training can’t fix on the trail. Enter Life Flight membership. Last I checked (five minutes ago), the membership was 85.00/year. Average Life Flight bill: I’ve not done that math but our son’s bill- had we not had Life Flight coverage- when he was injured 6 years ago and flew from the Arco area to Twin Falls was over 25,000 dollars. I’m still awaiting my bill, unexcitedly, because even if you’re covered, seeing five figures on a paper that says BILL at the top makes the heart pound. And this is all before the patient enters the hospital for treatment. Certainly worth the membership, especially for us outdoor adventurers. You don’t need it til you…need it. Our family has flown this way more than we’d like, and we aren’t exactly kamikazes in the woods. Note: some insurance plans cover Life Flight- my husband’s does-so check yours as it may, and you can skip the membership.
  • Last, and maybe this goes without saying for the active choir I’m preaching to but stay fit! I can’t count how many times everyone from my surgeon to nurses to physical therapists remarked that my good bone density (solid anchor for the screws and plates they had to “install”), and fitness would speed my recovery. My upper body strength has allowed me to get around on a walker vs a wheelchair, push myself up from chairs using only my good leg, and just be more self-sufficient in general (my husband still must put my socks on, sigh). The best way to be prepared for an injury we hope not to happen is to be as healthy and fit as possible.
  • So, there it is. Risk management from my armchair here in rural Idaho. Plan, learn, practice, communicate. Get the 7.00/month Life Flight membership. But keep hiking and adventuring!


Do You Have a Lemonade Mindset? (What happed to Mel)



Hi Charlie

Just wanted to let you know where we are after three weeks of work done, and the rough plan I have for the remaining three. I have a bunch of pictures attached here and can send more if needed.

We have had a crew work on each of Renwyck, Antelope, and Gabe’s Peak. Progress has varied on each trail. Renwyck and Gabe’s Peak were fairly easy going for the first two miles before getting brushy and hard to find. Antelope got brushy and off-track very quickly. I actually ended up going out last week to visit the crews and find/flag the Antelope trail a little further out.

On the specs sheet, it lists Renwyck and Antelope as higher priority, so I was going to have the remaining three weeks focused on those two trails. I think I will likely need to visit the site again to flag both these trails further – unless you or someone on the trail crew can go do the same.

For Renwyck, the crews will basically be building new tread from where they left off. The old tread is there but very intermittent and not easy to follow. The nice thing here is that the trail does follow closely to the FS Quad Topo map and Avenza will be helpful in finding where to build going forward. I was planning on having two of the remaining weeks here.

For Antelope, the line on the Topo map is very wrong and this actually ended up hurting the crew as they went a good ways off tread trying to match that line. I got them back on the right track but would be surprised if they make it much past two miles, if that, with the one remaining week of work.

For the photos, the first four (0486, 0483, 0491, 0492) are work done on Antelope. The next two (0506 and 0507) are work done on Renwyck. The last (0494) is a good approximation of what both trails look like going forward – this particular picture is Antelope.

Let me know if this makes sense as the plan going forward. We’ll have a crew out that way next week (thinking Antelope for this) and I would love to hear back if you have any differing ideas.


Oliver Scofield
Program Coordinator
Idaho Conservation Corps

2024-06-05 USFS National Saw program – FACTs Sheet




2024-06-05 USFS National Saw program – FACTs Sheet



Idaho has an abundance of hiking trails to explore during the summer months, but being prepared when exposed to wildlife and areas with no cell service will help you have a good time. Hiking in the Boise Foothills and beyond can be exciting but requires preparation before venturing into the wilderness. There are 12 snake species in Idaho, including the Western rattlesnake and prairie rattlesnake, Idaho’s two venomous snakes.

It’s possible you could end up in the Idaho wilderness without cell phone service and surrounded by potentially dangerous snakes. So what will you do if you get bitten? Below, you’ll find tips on how to avoid the snake in the first place, how to prepare for your hike — and then what to do if the worst happens:

AVOIDING A SNAKE BITE In the U.S., roughly 8,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes yearly. To prevent a snake bite from happening when you’re out on a hike, below are some tips to consider from the U.S. Department of Agriculture: Prepare for your hike Wear over-the-ankle boots, thick socks, and loose-fitting long pants Don’t go barefoot or use sandals While on your trip Stick to well-used trails when exploring Avoid walking through tall grass and weeds Watch where you step Avoid wandering in the dark When going over fallen trees or large rocks, inspect the surrounding areas to make sure there are no snakes Be cautious when climbing rocks or gathering firewood Shake out sleeping bags before using them and inspect logs before sitting down

PREPARING FOR YOUR IDAHO HIKE Hiking on a new trail can be exciting, making it easy to get lost or hurt in a no-cell service area. It is essential to stay vigilant on designated trails. Below are some tips from the National Park Service to prevent getting lost: Review your route before you get on the trail Pack a compass or handheld GPS Be aware of trail junctions Watch out for information signs Keep an eye out for landmarks throughout the trail Call 911 if you have an emergency, like a rattlesnake bite. Remember, you don’t need a cell phone provider to use emergency services.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU DON’T HAVE A CELL SIGNAL Worst case scenario, you find yourself in a remote area with no cell service and potentially even hurt. Below are some tips for finding help if you’re in this situation:

Calling for help Many satellite emergency communicators can send text messages and have an SOS feature to send coordinates. Some iPhone users can make an SOS call through the lock screen. The call will automatically call a local emergency number and share your location information, according to Apple. One thing to consider is that iPhone 14 phone models and those after can use the emergency SOS feature with only satellite and not cellular data or WiFi coverage.

Self-rescue Calling for help when you’re deep in the Idaho mountains is determined on a case-by-case basis. Below are some general tips on finding help if you’re lost: Try getting back to a cell service area to call for help. If you feel lost, use a handheld GPS, compass or map to help get you back, according to the National Park Service.

If you’re lost and have no way to get help, following a drainage or stream downhill can be used as a last resort, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

When waiting for help, follow these tips, according to the Department of Agriculture: Immediately call dispatch or 911 and stay calm. A higher heart rate will pump the venom through your bloodstream faster.

Wash the bite gently with soap and water, and remove any tight clothing or jewelry around areas that may swell. If possible, keep the bite below heart level. This will prevent the venom from reaching your heart as quickly.

Do not restrict blood flow by applying a tourniquet or icing the wound. Many amputations from rattlesnake bites occur because the wound is iced or blood flow is restricted.

Do not try to suck the poison out with your mouth. The poison could possibly enter another cut in your mouth or be swallowed.


Two More Chains Spring 2024

2023 LLC Incident Review Summary

Chainsaw Evaluation Vehicle Tree Strike RLS

11. June 2024 · Comments Off on Newest Volunteer Sawyer Instructor – Dan Waugh · Categories: Education

Dan working with Brian Burbridge and Mark Ottman on his “C” Bucker Certification

Dan evaluating at the Stanley Sawyer Workshop

03. June 2024 · Comments Off on HWY 55 – Rainbow Bridge · Categories: Current Events

BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) has announced its plans to begin soil testing underneath the historic Rainbow Bridge on Highway 55, to collect data for future construction plans for a new bridge.

According to ITD, the bridge has been standing since 1933 and no longer meets current highway safety standards. Environmental and design planning began last spring, but ITD will begin drilling in 18 locations around the existing bridge this June to collect samples.

“Prior to the drilling, ITD will remove trees and vegetation near each drilling location to allow a helicopter to safely lower equipment,” officials said. “The ground will be re-seeded after drilling. Results will be used for designing the bridge foundation, supports and retaining walls along State Highway 55.”

The Idaho Transportation Department said the project would also decide the future of the existing bridge, adding ITD wanted the process to be as transparent as possible.

“Public input will be a key consideration in the final recommendation for the new bridge and the existing bridge,” ITD’s Dan Gorley said.

Sampling will last throughout June, and ITD said drivers should expect 15-minute delays as officials will be drilling. However, work will stop for the weekend at 12 p.m. each Friday.

Construction of the new bridge is expected to start in 2027 or 2028, ITD stated.

31. May 2024 · Comments Off on Public Lands – Boise NF Sage Hen Road Temporarily Closed for Repairs · Categories: Public Lands

Forest Service News Release
Boise National Forest

Contact: Mike Williamson, Public Affairs Officer, 208-373-4105,

Forest Service’s Sage Hen Road Temporarily Closed for Repairs

BOISE, Idaho, May 30, 2024 – The Boise National Forest will temporarily close Road 626, also known as Sage Hen Road, beginning June 3 at 7 a.m. through June 7 at 6 p.m. to allow for construction crews to replace culverts and install road stabilization structures. The closure will begin at the intersection with Forest Road 644, located about 1.5 miles west of Smiths Ferry and extend 16 miles to the intersection with Forest Road 653 about nine miles north of Ola.

This closure is part of a larger road improvement effort that will extend into the fall and to other nearby National Forest System roads in 2025. While no other closures are expected this year, the public may experience temporary delays throughout the summer as crews complete road resurfacing and other improvements.

“We understand this closure will be an inconvenience to those visiting the Sage Hen Reservoir area,” says Boise National Forest Engineering Staff Officer Brett Barry. “By closing the road for five days and allowing the contractor to complete the needed work, we avoid having staged closures stretched out over several weeks.”

During this road closure the Sage Hen Reservoir area can be accessed via Forest Road 653 beginning 13 miles north of Ola at the Third Fork Guard Station, easterly to Forest Road 609, then southward to the reservoir.

For more information contact the Emmett Ranger District at 208-365-7000

2024-05-30 Sage Hen Road 626 News Release

Sage Hen Road 626 Closure Map

Sage Hen Road 626 Closure Order

30. May 2024 · Comments Off on Public Lands – Prohibited items have go into effect on all BLM Administered public lands · Categories: Public Lands

By Mindy Gould on Tuesday, May 28th, 2024
HARNEY COUNTY (Released by the Burns Interagency Fire Zone)-‘Tis the season! Effective last Friday, May 24, 2024, on all BLM-administered public lands in Oregon and Washington, the following are PROHIBITED:

Discharging or using fireworks or pyrotechnic devices. Discharging or using combustible or explosive composition or chemical devices, including but not limited to exploding targets. Discharging or using tracer, explosive, or incendiary ammunition. Discharging steel component (core or jacket) ammunition, except a person with a valid state hunting license actively engaged in the legal take/pursuit of Game/Non-Game species in accordance with the current hunting seasons. Releasing or causing to be released any sky lanterns, airborne paper lanterns, aerial luminaries and/or fire balloons. Shooting at any metallic object, including but not limited to using metal targets for target shooting.

Nearly 90% of wildfires are human-caused. Follow these restrictions and help keep our public lands and surrounding communities safe!

Those who violate the restrictions can be fined up to $1,000 and/or receive a prison term of up to one year. In addition, those found responsible for starting wildland fires on federal lands can be billed for the cost of fire suppression.

Local questions, contact your local dispatch center for more information.

25. May 2024 · Comments Off on Public Lands – Idaho Conservation League – Spring 2024 Updates · Categories: Current Events, Public Lands

The Latest News on Idaho’s Public Lands

Our work reviewing project proposals and permits—both exhaustive and sometimes exhausting—pays off in big ways.

The Idaho Board of Environmental Quality recently issued a decision invalidating Perpetua Resources’ air pollution permit for the proposed Stibnite Gold Mine. The Board found that Perpetua Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) failed to follow regulations designed to protect people from arsenic-laden dust. The decision remands Perpetua’s air pollution permit, sending it back to the administrative hearing officer to reconsider ways to better control arsenic emissions and reduce cancer risks from the proposed mine. 

In response to another protest by ICL and our partners, a Hearing Officer with the Idaho Department of Water Resources (IDWR) also established minimum stream flows to Perpetua’s water withdrawals that are more protective of fisheries. 

Finally, if you care about the four million-acre Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest in north central Idaho, then you’ll be interested to learn about the status of the Forest Service’s efforts to revise the Land Management Plan.

ICL participated in a three-day administrative hearing to voice objections to the agency’s near-final new plan, arguing that it would harm wildlife, wildlands, and wild rivers by increasing off-road vehicle and snow machine access while shrinking the boundaries of the proposed Great Burn Wilderness Area. The Forest Service has also preliminarily stated that the North and South Fork Clearwater Rivers are not “suitable” for protection under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. It is unclear how the Forest Service will respond to the objections of ICL and other conservation groups, but a written response is due to be published sometime in June. Until then, stay tuned!


24. May 2024 · Comments Off on Public Lands – Travel Management in the East Fork South Fork (EFSF) Salmon River · Categories: Public Lands

Comment period is open until June 5 for the Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) affecting the future of Travel Management in the East Fork South Fork (EFSF) Salmon River portion of the Krassel Ranger District, Payette National Forest.

Proposals in the Draft range from no-change in motorized access, to adding up to about 26 miles of public road and trail access beyond the current inventory.

The Forest will issue a final Decision Notice and implement the plan estimated October 2024. The Decision will guide how motorized access is managed to this portion of the Forest going forward. No losses are expected, but gains are possible depending on the Forest’s final Decision.

Learn more about the Draft plan here:

Comment submission form here:

(Attaching a DOC or PDF of your comments is recommended; else, type or paste text into the form fields provided.)

The Forest presently manages motorized access in the EFSF area under the 2007 Payette Travel Management FEIS, the 2008 McCall/Krassel and 2010 Big Creek Yellow Pine TMP Records of Decision, and the 2024 Motor Vehicle Use Map.  A 2017 settlement to a lawsuit which challenged the 2007/2008/2010 TMPs requires this Plan to be completed. (Two of three Plans total required by the settlement were previously Decided and are in the process of being implemented: Big Creek and South Fork RAMPs.)

IDPR has submitted its commentary based on the themes summarized below. Additional requests are based on routes which stakeholders have for many years been asking the Forest to implement.

  •  IDPR Supports Alternative D, plus proposed modifications:
  •        Re-open Sugar Creek Road 51883 as a Trail for 70” and under OHVs (closed ~2016)
  •        Re-open Crater Lake Road as a Trail for 70” and under OHVs (closed ~2016)
  •        Re-open Parks Peak Trails 069 and 074 to 2-wheeled OHVs as-proposed in Alt D, and also re-open connecting Rainbow Ridge Trail 070 to create a loop (each closed ~2000)
  •        Give greater consideration for the economic survival of the Yellow Pine community, which recreation visitation will ensure

Please inform fellow recreationists of this public process.

22. May 2024 · Comments Off on Education – Dates for 5th Stanley Sawyer Workshop 2025 · Categories: Around The Campfire

Pictures from the 2024 Workshop

Stanley 2025 Workshop-DRAFT

22. May 2024 · Comments Off on Education – R1 Advanced Crosscut Saw & Axemanship – Train the Trainer · Categories: Education, Safety

21. May 2024 · Comments Off on Public Lands – May 2024 SCNF Partnerships Newsletter · Categories: Current Events, Public Lands

SCNF Partnerships Newsletter – May 2024

21. May 2024 · Comments Off on Education – Study on Ridge to Rivers (R2R) – Boise State University · Categories: Education, Public Lands

Participate in this study

Regenerative Recreation.PDF

16. May 2024 · Comments Off on Education – Sawyer – Lessons Learned – Chainsaw Operation Injury · Categories: Education, Safety

March 2024 Lessons Learned

16. May 2024 · Comments Off on Education – Sawyer link to the Accident /Near Miss Reporting Form · Categories: Education, Safety

10. May 2024 · Comments Off on Education – IWF – Idaho Legislative Voting record 2024 · Categories: Around The Campfire


09. May 2024 · Comments Off on SCNF – Pre-Season Partner Meeting Notes · Categories: Public Lands, Public Meetings, Trail Volunteer Groups

Hi everyone,

A big thank you to those who were able to join us for Monday’s SCNF Pre-Season Partner meeting. I know it’s a busy time of year for this group. Attached are meeting notes, which have also been uploaded to the SCNF External Partner Folder in Box. A reminder, this folder also contains some general safety documents, Risk Assessments, our Grants Calendar, etc. If any of you have trouble with this link, let me know and I’ll make sure to get you access.

If you have any questions, go-backs, or other things you wanted to talk about that we didn’t get to, don’t hesitate to reach out. We hope each of your organizations has a safe and memorable season and look forward to connecting with some of you in the field this year!       SCNF PreSeason Partner Meeting Notes 5.6.2024

07. May 2024 · Comments Off on IDPR – Ashton-Tetonia Trail Paving Project – Comments · Categories: Around The Campfire

Link to Comment Page

06. May 2024 · Comments Off on Idaho – Craters of the Moon National Monument · Categories: Around The Campfire

Descending into the ancient volcano feels like being swallowed by a monster. I set up camp in the mouth of the beast, surrounded by 200-foot cliffs—and am immediately overwhelmed with peace and quiet. But the tranquility in the crater bottom belies a violent past: Two-thousand years ago, molten rock gushed from these cracks in the earth, while ferocious explosions from thousand-foot-high cinder cones sent car-size boulders hurtling through the air. A quick foray from my campsite, 3.8 miles deep in Craters of the Moon National Monument, reveals evidence of this rocky past. Cylindrical cavities mark the spots where trees were entombed in flowing lava before rotting away, leaving their hollow forms in the hardened rock. Jagged chasms exist where ancient tunnels of lava formed and collapsed. A weekend of exploring these geologic wonders only fuels my curiosity—and ensures that I’ll be back soon.  Link to story

Anna Daly writes: Craters of the Moon National Monument hit a big milestone this month – turning 100 years old.
On May 2nd, 1924, the more than 1,100 square mile area of volcanic formations and lava fields in Central Idaho’s Snake River Plain was designated a national monument by President Calvin Coolidge.

30. April 2024 · Comments Off on Education – new testing rules for chronic wasting disease management · Categories: Current Events, Education

This fall, deer hunters will follow new testing rules for chronic wasting disease management.

The new mandatory testing requirements apply to several hunting units in Central Idaho near U.S. 95/ Highway 55 south of Grangeville. Testing helps prevent the spread of CWD and it will let hunters know if the meat is safe to eat.

In March, the Fish and Game Commission made several changes, including:

  • Adding Unit 18 to the CWD Management Zone. Now the zones include Units 14 and 18. Unit 15 was removed. If you are hunting in the zones listed above, there are special rules to follow found here. 
  • Testing of whitetail deer and mule hunted in Units 23,24, and 32A is now mandatory—whole carcasses can still be removed from those units.
  • There is no longer a testing requirement for mule and white-tailed deer, elk, and moose harvested in Unit 15 and moose and elk in Unit 14.

According to Fish and Game, CWD was first discovered in Idaho in 2021. The fatal disease affects deer, elk, and moose. Symptoms of CWD in wildlife include excessive salivation, trouble swallowing, and excessive thirst. It stays indefinitely in the environment.

No moose has tested positive and only two elk. Wildlife managers are not as concerned about those animals at this point.

“If ignored, CWD will infect new areas, cause more sick animals, and eventually result in fewer deer, the Fish and Game news release said. “Although elk and moose are less susceptible, CWD will also spread to them.”

29. April 2024 · Comments Off on Education Video – BC Sawyer Training · Categories: Education, Safety

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29. April 2024 · Comments Off on Education: TKO Sawyer Workshop Video’s – Crosscut · Categories: Education, Safety



29. April 2024 · Comments Off on USFS-BLM Prescribed burn season is here · Categories: Around The Campfire

If you see smoke in the air to the northeast of Boise – it doesn’t mean forest fire season has gotten an early start.

Instead, forest managers are set to do a pair of prescribed burns. The idea is to “reduce the risk of future catastrophic wildfires to nearby communities and natural resources,” Boise National Forest managers said.
First, Crews will set fire to 173 acres in the Mores Creek area, about four miles east of Idaho City along Rabbit Creek Rd. on Tuesday.

Next, they’ll tackle an area eight miles southwest of Idaho City, near the intersection of Grimes and Clear Creeks. This time, they’ll burn 250 acres starting May 1.
In both cases, the burn operation will take one to two days, with another week or so where they monitor and make sure it doesn’t get out of hand.

Boise National Forest folks say they try to pick times where the smoke won’t have a major impact — and also note that the dates could change if conditions warrant.
(Photo: Courtesy National Park Service)

29. April 2024 · Comments Off on Sawtooth Valley Wildland Fire Collaborative · Categories: Around The Campfire, Public Meetings

20. April 2024 · Comments Off on IDPR Accepting Applications to Fill Important Advisory Committees · Categories: Current Events, Public Meetings


19. April 2024 · Comments Off on Public Lands – Interior Department new rules put recreation & conservation on par with drilling & mining · Categories: Current Events, Public Lands

Public Lands Rule Change Apr2024

18. April 2024 · Comments Off on Video -The most influential trail riding group in America · Categories: BCHI /BCHA

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18. April 2024 · Comments Off on BCHA – April Update · Categories: BCHI /BCHA

Light on the Land Final USE

Light on the Land Final USE

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18. April 2024 · Comments Off on Public Lands – Wildest Place, SBFC’s Spring Newsletter · Categories: Public Lands


15. April 2024 · Comments Off on Education – Region 4 Saw Accident/Near Miss Review 2020-2023 · Categories: Education

Good morning, Attached is the R4 Saw Accident/ Near Miss Review from 2020-2023.  There were 25 incidents reported, with 15 of those incidents resulting in injury. This review was modeled after the Lessons Learned Center 2004-2019 Tree Felling Accident Analysis.  It is understood that this review does not capture all incidents and near misses, only the incidents that were voluntarily submitted using the R4 Saw Accident and Near Miss Reporting Form.  This form is available for use by all agency, partner, and volunteer sawyers.  The intent of these reviews is to help facilitate conversation during training and chainsaw refreshers regarding topics where sawyers are getting injured or having near misses.  Thanks for sharing and please reach out if you have any questions.

Region 4 Saw Accident_Near Miss Review 2020-2023

11. April 2024 · Comments Off on Wilderness Jobs & Internships · Categories: Current Events, Education

Jobs & Internships

Wilderness Fuels Module Crew Leader – Sierra Institute

Wilderness Fuels Module Assistant Crew Leader – Sierra Institute

Wilderness Fuels Module Sawyer Crew Member – Sierra Institute

Wilderness Fuels Module Crew Member Medic – Sierra Institute

Stewardship and Outreach Manager – New Mexico Wild

Wilderness Ranger – New Mexico Wild

Nancy Morton Wilderness Intern – New Mexico Wild

Trail Crew Member – Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers

Wilderness Trail Crew Members (waitlist) – Friends of Nevada Wilderness

11. April 2024 · Comments Off on Wilderness Act Official Logo · Categories: Around The Campfire, Education


ABOUT THE DESIGN: Indigenous artist Thomas “Breeze” Marcus designed the logo in collaboration with the Sierra Club. Breeze was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona on the Salt River Pima- Maricopa Reservation, just east of Scottsdale. In an overarching sense, his designs are reminiscent of his Akimel and Tohono O’odham cultural heritage—these Native Southwestern tribes are historically known for creating beautifully coil-woven baskets that feature interlocking geometric designs.

All are welcome to use this graphic in your outreach and celebrations around the 60th Anniversary this year. Images are available here: 

Wilderness 60 logo (color with text)

Wilderness 60 logo (color without text)

Wilderness 60 logo B&W (without text)

Wilderness 60 logo grayscale (without text)

Wilderness 60 Webpage

Looking for a place to stay up to date on all of the exciting events happening around the many wilderness milestones this year? Wilderness Connect has you covered – their Wilderness 60 webpage is live! This is the place to share information, messaging, communication materials, and event details related to the 60th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

11. April 2024 · Comments Off on Education – Wilderness Skills Institutes · Categories: Education

2024 Northern Rockies WSI Sessions

2024 Northern Rockies Wilderness Skills Institute Application

The 2024 Northern Rockies Wilderness Skills Institute will be held from May 20 – 24, 2024. It will start at 11am PT on Monday and conclude at 12pm PT on Friday. All participants are expected to sign up for the entire week. COST: There is no cost to attend. FOOD: On your own – no food provided. Participants will handle their own meals. Cooking facilities may be provided – more information will be provided ahead of the event.

06. April 2024 · Comments Off on Education – First Aid Scenario Library · Categories: Education, Training Events


SAW_WFA Ref Cards


06. April 2024 · Comments Off on Education: Handout for 2024 Wilderness First Aid Workshop · Categories: Around The Campfire

Wilderness First Aid 2024 – Assessment

05. April 2024 · Comments Off on 2024 Idaho Horse Expo – BCHI Booth · Categories: BCHI /BCHA

30. March 2024 · Comments Off on Public Lands – Doyle Mountain Trail System Proposal · Categories: Public Lands

As of April 28, the Grandview Travel Management Plan process has been STOPPED and will be reset, starting the process over sometime in the future!

All, Please see the final version of the Doyle Mountain Trail Proposal attached.

If you would like to support this proposal (or some version thereof) just mention your support for the “Doyle Mountain Trail System” from ICL and company in your own individual comments (due Monday).

Here is a link to the Grand View Travel Management Plan on the BLM ePlanning website:

To make submitting comments easier, here is a link to ICL’s take action:

Thanks, all, and have a great weekend.

John Robison / Public Lands Director / Idaho Conservation League
PO Box 844, Boise, ID 83701
Mobile phone 208-345-6933 x 213 • fax 208.344.0344

Doyle Mountain Trail System proposal final

29. March 2024 · Comments Off on Education (Sawyer) Riggins man dies after tree falls on him in Idaho County · Categories: Around The Campfire

Riggins man dies after tree falls on him in Idaho County

Local authorities responded to a call of an unconscious man being transported to Riggins, where he later died.
Author: KTVB Staff
Updated: 12:24 PM MDT March 26, 2024

RIGGINS, Idaho — Just before 1 a.m. on March 20, Idaho County Dispatch received a call regarding a 28-year-old man who was hit by a tree while cutting firewood, according to a news release from Idaho County Sheriff’s Office.

The call they received informed dispatch that there was an unconscious man with a pulse being driven to Riggins.

The man, Tyrel Walker, of Riggins, was up on the Big Salmon in the Allison Creek area when the incident happened, and was transported to Riggins to meet the ambulance. The ambulance met the man and his colleagues on Main Street in Riggins, and Life Flight was dispatched, while Riggins Ambulance performed life saving measures.

At roughly 1:11 a.m. Riggins Ambulance informed dispatch that life saving measures would be stopped, and Life Flight was canceled.

Idaho County Deputies and Idaho County Coroner responded, and investigated the situation later that day. The incident happened six miles up French Creek Road. It appeared to investigators that Walker had chopped down a tree, then was hit by another tree, striking him in the head.

Officials say Walker’s injuries were consistent with that of someone being hit by a tree.

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New Information should be welcomed despite its demands for flexibility and ongoing adaptation.  With this approach, learning is also exhilarating, a journey of endless discovery and self-Improvement!

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