The Rocky Mountaineers and the Sierra Club teamed up in March for
a moderate cross-country ski trip down the Lee Creek drainage near
Lolo Pass. Their 8-mile route closely followed the historic Lewis
& Clark Trail. It started high along the Bitterroot divide before
it dropped into the Lee Creek drainage and passed through a mixture
of forests -- and Plum Creek clear-cuts. Bob Clark, local conservation
organizer for the Sierra Club, talked to the group about the Club's
Lewis & Clark Campaign and local conservation issues. He also
gave a brief update on the current threat presented to that area by
Plum Creek land sales.
||The intrepid skiers take a break on
||Group members skiing through clear-cuts
on Plum Creek timber company land -- along the Lewis & Clark
||Oops! Bob Clark inadvertently slips
into a hole at Lee Creek Saddle.
||This sign depicts a recent trend of
residential and commercial development along the trail -- this
160-acre tract adjacent to the Lolo Trail in western Montana,
along Lolo Creek (called Travelers Rest Creek by Lewis & Clark)
is slated for development. Sierra Club's Land and Water Conservation
Fund proposal would help to alleviate these pressures.
Photos by Bob Clark
For more information about the Sierra Club's Lewis and Clark campaign or to find out how you can help, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.