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Documenting the Kootenai Trail - Flathead NF - MT

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Ekutenaitrail3.jpg by US Forest ServiceJoin the Flathead National Forest Heritage team as we survey and record segments of the Kootenai Trail in northern Montana near the Canadian border! The Kootenai Trail was an important east-west route for the Kootenai people of northwestern Montana. They would travel this route from the Tobacco Plains near Eureka to hunt bison on the eastern plains. The Trail was used in all seasons, and was called the "Buffalo Trail" by the Tobacco Plains Kootenai; it is believed that this trail was used for more than 8000 years! However, although pre-Contact (ca. ±1600s A.D.) use of this area was extensive, few sites have been thoroughly documented. Segments of the trail still remain, and are visible along Trail Creek. They need to be documented before they disappear completely, and we need your help! PIT participants will hike along the Kootenai Trail, documenting those segments still visible, while also looking for archaeological evidence of other areas utilized by the Kootenai people. We hope to see you this summer in this magnificent setting of the "big sky country!"

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