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Wilderness Project #2 - Alton Lake Planting Project


  • Tofte Ranger Station 7355 MN-61 Tofte (map)
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Photo by A. Arbogast

Difficulty Rating: Moderate**

Ranger District: Tofte

Project Description: Interested in volunteering in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness but don’t feel ready to commit to a 5-day trip? This is the project for you! Help restore the shores of Alton Lake on this weekend project. Volunteers will work alongside Forest Service and Northwoods Volunteer Connection staff to transplant trees in areas that have been trampled by campers. This unique project will show volunteers the importance of Leave No Trace while learning about forest restoration efforts in a wilderness area.

Volunteers will meet at the Tofte for an orientation and to divide up gear and carpool up the Sawbill Trail to the entry point. The group will have a quick paddle and portage from Sawbill Lake to Alton Lake and set up a base camp.

Meeting Location and Time: Tofte Ranger Station August 24 @ 8:00 am

Fees: There is a $75 registration fee for all participants ($30 for students). This fee is refundable up to three weeks prior to the project.

RSVP: Space is limited to 6 volunteers. This project is now FULL. Fill out an interest form at the link below to sign up for the waiting list. Registration deadline – August 10th.

More Details: The Northwoods Volunteer Connection provides some equipment for this project, see the Resources tab for more details including packing lists. Volunteers will be reimbursed $25 per day for the cost of food. Individuals may choose to bring their own food or to order food for the trip through a local outfitter.

**Please note that canoe experience is preferred for this project.