RAF Montana Liaison Scott Newpower reports that the US Forest Service is CLOSING Schafer airstrip (8U2) from August 23 though August 31 for runway improvements. 

Schafer lies within a Wilderness Area where no motorized equipment is allowed, so the work will be done by a team of mules. The project includes plowing, grading, rolling and seeding of approximately 2,500 feet adjacent to the runway. Please check NOTAMs before planning to fly to Schafer.

“The RAF is pleased to have obtained funding from Congress allowing the USFS to preserve the quality of special places like Schafer,” RAF Chairman John McKenna said, “specifically, part of that funding provided for a team of mules that the RAF calls “Beech” and “Cessna”.


  1. Stephen Huggins on August 1, 2020 at 10:10 am

    My favorite backcountry airstrip. So glad RAF is supporting maintenance & accessibility.

  2. Gaylen Lerohl on August 6, 2020 at 7:41 am

    Just returned yesterday from a couple of days at Schafer. Really pleased that needed maintenance on the runway will be accomplished this summer. Thanks to congress, the Montana Pilots Association, RAF and volunteers who preserve this jewel.

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