Tony Leveille Memorial Project
July 13-16, 2023
Pole Creek Ranger Station, Jarbidge Wilderness
Join Tony's family, the Forest Service (Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger District), and others in a project to honor the legacy of Tony Leveille who passed away on October 22, 2022. Tony toiled many hours and untold miles working trails for the Forest Service. He spent much of his time walking or riding through the Ruby Mountains or Jarbidge. As it requests in his obituary: "In lieu of flowers or donations, next time you find yourself out in the hills and come across a piece of litter, it would make Tony smile if you were to pack it out for him." In that spirit, we head to Jarbidge to work in his name. You can view his full obituary here.
The projects will include building two new corrals for the Slide Creek Trailhead, near Pole Creek Ranger Station and maintaining the Slide Creek and Hummingbird Trails, removing fallen trees, and clearing brush. We ask that anyone interested in joining RSVP on this page so we can plan the work accordingly.
Note: This project is open to the public, but is meant to primarily be a memorial project for Tony. While his work impacted plenty of people he never met, keep the purpose in mind when signing up and know that the majority of the attendees will be his friends, family, coworkers, and colleagues in the Forest Service. We will be holding some memorial-type events at least one evening as well.
Difficulty: Varies from Moderate to Strenuous. There will be different tasks available for different ability levels. Trail work will involve hiking 5+ miles, carrying gear, and moving heavy objects, and doing repetitive movements. The corral building will be in one location and involve digging holes and moving heavy pieces of metal. If you are concerned, reach out to discuss the work projects with us.
Location: Slide Creek Trailhead, near Pole Creek Ranger Station, Jarbidge. Check-in first at Pole Creek Guard Station to register and sign risk assessment forms, and for directions to the work site.
Dates: Thursday, July 13th to Sunday, July 16th. Thursday people will arrive in the afternoon and set up camp, Friday and Saturday we will do the work projects, and Sunday we will pack up camp and head home.
Travel: For this project, a 4-wheel drive vehicle is not required to reach the campsite, but, higher clearance is recommended.
Food: Friends of Nevada Wilderness will provide a continental-style breakfast with coffee on Friday and Saturday mornings and full dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings. Please bring your own lunches and snacks for the entire event and food for dinner on Thursday evening. Please email Tara with any food restrictions. We will plan for vegetarian versions of everything.
Gear/Clothing: Long sleeves, long pants, sturdy work or hiking shoes. If joining the trail maintenance portion of the project: a day pack with at least 3 liters of water and snacks. Camping equipment: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, camp chair, plates, cups, utensils. For a recommended packing list, click here. Camping gear available for loan
More Details: Details such as the exact camping location, daily schedule, and weather-related factors will be provided to those who have RSVP'd on a date much closer to the project. Plans are subject to change. We will always give as much notice as possible when this happens.
We require that everyone attending RSVP so we can plan the work projects and food accordingly. Thank you!
Please direct any questions to:
Tara Nasvik - Friends of Nevada Wilderness Senior Trails Coordinator
Recreation Management Specialist - USFS Mountain City, Ruby Mountains, and Jarbidge Ranger District