2020 Midwestern Roving Trail Corps

Expected Dates
June 29, 2020 to October 3, 2020
Student Conservation Association
Position ID
The 2020 Midwestern Roving Trail Corps will be comprised of two hitches.

Hitch 1: 6 Weeks in Voyageurs National Park

The first half of the Midwestern Roving Trail Corps Team’s season will take place in Voyageurs National Park. Here, the team will be rehabilitating lakeside trails, removing blown down trees and encroaching vegetation, repairing sections of wood board walk, waterbars, and tread surface, repairing rock cairns and replacing damaged signs. The National Park Service will provide boat transportation to water-based trailheads when needed.

Hitch 2: 7 Weeks in Black Elk Wilderness, Black Hills National Forest

The second half of the Midwestern Roving Trail Corps Team’s season will take place in and around Black Hills National Forest working on high priority trails within the Black Elk Wilderness. The team will be building turnpikes, reconstructing footbridges, restoring creeks, fixing eroded areas, resloping trail tread, and much more.
  • Black Hills National Forest - in western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming, consists of 1.2 million acres of forested hills and mountains, approximately 110 miles long and 70 miles wide.
    The Black Hills rise from the adjacent grasslands into a ponderosa pine forest. Described as an “Island in the Plains,” the Forest has diverse wildlife and plants reaching from the eastern forests to the western plains. The Forest is a multiple-use Forest with activities ranging from timber production, grazing, to hiking, camping, mountain biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, mining, wildlife viewing and many others.
    Voyageurs National Park - The voyageur - a French word meaning traveler - the namesake of Voyageurs National Park - began journeying through these interconnected waterways over 250 years ago; waterways that are one of the most important segments of the fur trade route used to open the “Great Northwest”.
    As park visitors travel the lakes today, it is easy to imagine the voyageurs of the past dipping their canoe paddles into the clear, dark waters to the rhythm of their songs, gliding past the rock and pines of this northern landscape.
    Voyageurs National Park was established in 1975, but is filled with evidence of over 10,000 years of human life and use. Signs of Native Americans, fur traders, and homesteaders, signs of logging, mining, and commercial fishing are scattered throughout the park.
  • SCA Training, WFA, SCA Conservation Work Skills
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected

None listed.