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Maintaining and Supporting Pocatello Trails

In this episode, Jessa and Emma talk to Maren Hunter, a representative from the city of Pocatello and Sheila Larsen, a representative of the Forest Service about just how much work goes into maintaining and supporting Pocatello’s extensive trail systems.

The greater Pocatello area encompasses about a thousand miles of trails. It’s well beloved by locals and visitors alike. But these trails take a lot of love and maintenance to keep them open and available to the public without degrading our environment. Maren and Shelia walk the hosts through the cooperation of all different organizations to support the trail management area. They also describe the ins-and-outs of maintenance, deterring illegal trails, and the process of approving construction of new trails.

Check out the new Survey 123 App to contribute to Pocatello trail maintenance (super easy and really helpful!):

If you’re new to Pocatello or weren't aware of our beautiful trail system, see below for more information!

Visit Pocatello:

Some information about trail management:

More about the E. Coli issues around Pocatello trails:

A list of Pocatello trails:

A 2020 blog from ISU graduate student Austin Terry:

For comments, topic suggestions, or more information, please reach out to Jessa at and Emma at

Jessa is in her final year of her undergraduate career, pursuing three majors: English with Creative Writing, History, and Global Studies with an emphasis in French Language and Literature. She is a published author through ISU's Black Rock & Sage literary magazine and hopes to join the Sustainability Club at ISU. Her sustainability journey began with her year abroad when she interned for Letters to the Earth, an organization dedicated to environmental sustainability. She hopes to work for Amnesty International until she can write books in the mountains full time.