The Forest Is Calling – Want To Be A Campground Host?

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A picnic table sits beneath a large green tree on a bright green meadow.

Glover Campground near Kooskia, Idaho.

Host lede: If you love being in the forest consider becoming a volunteer ‘campground host’ this summer. Several sites throughout the northwest are hiring. Lauren Paterson has more.

Paterson: Each year the Forest Service needs people to help campers and visitors make the most of their visit, check in to their camping spot, and maintain campground facilities. These are the duties of a ‘campground host.’

Becar: “They are really the frontline representatives of the Forest Service.”

That’s Jennifer Becar, Public Affairs Specialist for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, which span 4 million acres from eastern Montana through north Idaho. With so much ground to cover, Becar says there’s a lot of work to do.

Becar: “And so the more folks that we can, you know, bring with us and the more partners we can work with to accomplish this, it just makes for a greater experience for everyone that can visit the forest.”

Becar noticed an uptick in visitors since the start of the pandemic.

Becar: “And what’s interesting is we’re seeing an increase in visitation earlier in the year and later in the year, so kind of those shoulder seasons.”

She suggests people might be going skiing later in the year, or checking out a hiking spot early in spring instead of summer. Either way, the Forest Service needs all the help they can get.

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest is looking for volunteer hosts for Washington Creek and Kelly Forks campgrounds on the north fork, and the Laird Park, Little Boulder, and Elk Creek campgrounds in the Palouse Ranger District.

More information is on the Forest Service website, or you can call your local ranger station.

I’m Lauren Paterson.

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