National Forest Foundation

NFF REI Partnership

The National Forest Foundation works with the U.S. Forest Service and local partners to restore our National Forests and Grasslands. We are proud to be continuing our national  partnership with REI into 2018. Through its members-only REI Co-op Mastercard®, REI is investing up to $1 million in our National Forests and Grasslands for the second year in a row.1

Focused on REI’s mission of inspiring, educating and outfitting outdoor enthusiasts for a lifetime of adventure and stewardship, this partnership will support meaningful on-the-ground restoration and youth engagement efforts on National Forests and Grasslands across the country. Learn more about our 2018 projects below.

Learn more about the projects REI supported in 2017 here.

2018 Projects

West Virginia

Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks Recreation Area

Monongahela National Forest. This project will improve trails in the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area, which is on the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. Well-known by eastern rock climbers, this area is also a great hiking destination. Work will focus on the Lumberjack Trail, the Seneca Rocks Hiking Trail and the North Fork Mountain Trail, three popular routes in the Recreation Area. 

Colorado

Mt. Elbert, Find Your Fourteener

Pike San-Isabel National Forest. Part of the NFF's Find Your Fourteener campaign in Colorado, this project is a continuation of work REI and the NFF did in 2017. This year, we’ll be constructing a new ecologically sustainable trail segment on Mt. Elbert’s popular South Elbert Trail, completing trail work on this route.

Texas

Restoring Trails after Hurricane Harvey

Sam Houston National Forest. Following Hurricane Harvey, National Forests in Texas will receive much needed restoration and maintenance work that will improve trail user’s experiences and reduce environmental impacts stemming from storm damage.

Florida

Restoring Trails After Hurricane Irma

Ocala National Forest. Hurricane Irma impacted the Ocala National Forest in central Florida. This project will improve three popular trails on the Forest: the Florida Trail (a National Trail), the Saint Francis Trail System (which accesses an old ghost town) and the Lake Eaton Sinkhole Trail (which provides visitors the chance to enter a sinkhole on the Forest). 

Colorado

Quandary Peak, Find Your Fourteener

White River National Forest. Part of the NFF's Find Your Fourteener campaign, the Quandary Peak project in Colorado, is a continuation of work REI and the NFF did in 2017. In 2018, we’ll be working on the high-elevation trail that accesses Quandary’s summit, completing this multi-year project. 

Virginia

Wilderness Restoration with Naval Midshipmen

George Washington-Jefferson National Forest. Through this program to conduct much-needed work on Wilderness trails in Virginia’s George Washington National Forest, we will partner with both the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards and the Naval Academy. Midshipmen will lead implementation of the on-the-ground stewardship projects, which will provide them with important leadership training and experience in the natural world.

Washington

Artist Point and Heather Meadow Trail

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Washington State’s Artist Point is a very popular site located at the end of the Mt. Baker Highway. It boasts 360-degree views of Mt. Shuksan and Mt. Baker, and provides access to a variety of trails, including the Heather Meadows Trail. This project will improve the Artist Point area and rehabilitate the Heather Meadows Trail.  

Georgia

UKB Youth Conservation Corps

Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. Youth from the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma will get a unique opportunity to return to a part of their ancestral homelands in Georgia to work on a variety of Forest Service programs that support recreation, trails and wildlife projects on the Forest. The youth will also spend a week with a Forest Service archaeologist surveying native homestead sites on the forest.

Colorado

Pikes Peak, Find Your Fourteener

Pike-San Isabel National Forest. Part of the NFF's Find Your Fourteener campaign, this project will kick off a multi-year effort to rehabilitate trails that lead up “America’s Mountain” In 2018, we will be rerouting parts of the Devil’s Playground Trail, restoring degraded habitat and removing user-created routes. 

California

Vincent's Gap Trailhead

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. With support from REI, the NFF is working in the backyard of Los Angeles to improve the Vincent’s Gap Trailhead and many of the trails that depart from this popular spot, including the Pacific Crest Trail, the Mt. Baden-Powell Trail, the High Desert Trail and the Vincent Gulch Trail. With so many diverse visitors, trailhead improvements will include the addition of universal signage and kiosks.

California

Big Chief Trail

Tahoe National Forest and Lake Tahoe Basin Mgmt. Unit. The Tahoe Rim Trail is an extremely popular route that circumnavigates forests and mountains around Lake Tahoe. This project will build a new multi-use trail, called the Big Chief Trail. With a focus on mountain biking, the Big Chief Trail will also provide hikers and trail-runners with new access to the Tahoe Rim Trail and surrounding areas. 

Partnership Details

1This year, REI will donate $0.10 per REI Co-op Mastercard purchase transaction made to the National Forest Foundation, up to $1 million. Non-Purchase transactions, including cash advances, convenience checks, balance transfers, and other advance transactions as defined in the Cardmember Agreement, as well as interest charges and fees, do not qualify. Transactions posted in late December of the current year may be applied in the following year. REI may change the benefit or named charity in future years. REI is solely responsible for making the donation.

The creditor and issuer of the REI Co-op Mastercard® is U.S. Bank National Association, pursuant to a license from Mastercard International Incorporated.

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2017 Projects

Alaska

Angoon Youth Conservation Corps

Tongass National Forest. This project benefited hikers and sea kayakers and provided an opportunity for six rural Alaskan Native youth to participate in an eight-week public land stewardship program.

California

Commemorative Emigrant Trail Project

Tahoe National Forest. This project is part of a large-scale effort that melds stream and riparian restoration with recreation improvements. It re-opened a 1.4-mile segment of this 15-mile multi-use trail popular with mountain bikers, trail runners and day hikers.

Colorado

Mt. Elbert, Find Your Fourteener

Pike San-Isabel National Forest. Part of the NFF's Find Your Fourteener campaign, this project improved trail conditions on Colorado’s highest peak by repairing degraded trails, restoring fragile alpine tundra ecosystems and enhancing access and recreational experiences.

Illinois

Midewin Youth Corps

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. Getting youth, especially urban youth, outside is critical for them and for the future of our public lands. The NFF's Midewin Youth Corps does just that through a 6‐week long summer work program offered to 16 youth from the North Lawndale College Prep High School in urban Chicago.

Idaho

Alden Gulch Trail

Sawtooth National Forest. This project will rebuild 3 miles of the Alden Gulch Trail #144 on the Ketchum Ranger District. This section of the important community trail was damaged and made impassable in places by landslides, flooding and erosion following the uncharacteristically severe Beaver Creek Fire of 2013.

New Hampshire

Crawford Path Trail

White Mountain National Forest. Crawford Path is one of the oldest and most popular trails in the country. The Crawford Path project will address degraded and unsustainable trail conditions on this historic trail that is also part of the Appalachian Trail.

Colorado

Quandary Peak, Find Your Fourteener

White River National Forest. Part of the NFF's Find Your Fourteener campaign, the Quandary Peak project improved trail conditions on one of Colorado’s highest peaks by repairing degraded trails, restoring fragile alpine tundra ecosystems and enhancing access and recreational experiences.

North Carolina

Chattooga River Access Enhancement

Nantahala National Forest. The Wild and Scenic Chattooga River holds a special place in the hearts of river fans. This project on the upper section of the river includes construction of three kayak launch sites, construction of access trails to launch sites, installation of trailhead information kiosks, and trailhead parking improvements.

Arizona

West Pinto Creek Trail Restoration

Tonto National Forest. Years of increasing recreational traffic and deferred maintenance, significant erosion and sedimentation caused increased ecological concerns in West Pinto Creek. This project is part of a multi-year effort to reduce erosion from trail networks throughout the area.

Georgia

UKB Youth Conservation Corps

Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. Youth from the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma participated in a unique opportunity to return to their ancestral homeland to work with a variety of Forest Service programs that supported recreation, trails and wildlife projects on the forest. The youth also spent a week with a Forest Service archeologist studying native homestead sites on the Forest.