South Fork Suak River on your way to old Monte Cristo town site.

Volunteers needed to protect and teach

Volunteers Protect, Teach Heritage of Monte Cristo Town Site

The town site of Monte Cristo is known for stories of gold-mining days and as the gateway to stunning alpine lakes, rugged trails and awe-inspiring mountain peaks in the adjacent Henry M. Jackson Wilderness. But with popularity comes the harm of high-impact recreation use. Monte Cristo Stewards help protect the historical site, and the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is looking volunteers this summer. Stewards give interpretive tours of the former mining town and help maintain the town site, camp areas, information boards and registration boxes and trails. Volunteers are scheduled to work a minimum of three days over the summer.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Matt Riggen at 360-436-2333 for an application and more information. The Monte Cristo Steward training is June 2, 8: 30 a.m.-noon at the Verlot Public Service Center, 33515 Mountain Loop Highway, Granite Falls, Wash., 98252.

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