In 2006, Gabe Howe stepped foot into Southwest Oregon’s Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area for the first time. He encountered miles upon miles of trails that were impossible to hike as trees killed by the 2002 Biscuit Fire formed impenetrable stacks of logs. Howe then learned that nobody had a plan to fix them.
In 2009, Gabe and his wife, Jillian Stokes, founded the Siskiyou Mountain Club to restore a single trail route in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area. After chairing the board through the organization’s infancy, Howe became executive director in 2012. Today, the Siskiyou Mountain Club works to restore, maintain and promote primitive trails in the Siskiyou backcountry, provide service-based outdoor experiences for the public, coordinate stewardship projects with youth, publish outdoor literature and lead active outdoor adventures. The organization has made news restoring trail routes throughout southwest Oregon’s Federal Wilderness Areas, adopting trail routes that would have otherwise faded from the landscape.
When Howe isn’t busy at work, you might find him outside with his family or swimming laps at the Y.
Gabe’s Monday Session:
Managing the Early Years: What I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before Starting a Nonprofit
Tips from successful non-profit founders on how to make your organization a success. Join our three panelists, with experience in nonprofit organizations meeting a wide range of community needs; including art, music,wilderness trail access and fair trade. Hear their stories, learn what worked and what didn’t, and get the inside scoop on the good, bad and ugly of building an effective nonprofit from scratch. Bring a few questions and a notebook for a list of helpful resources.