Field News Recap- Youth Camping Crews Session One
Our Youth Camping Crew 7, Red Crew 1 spent their first three weeks in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest before heading out to central Oregon and finishing in Coos Bay. Throughout the session they pulled invasives, fixed trails and even maintained campgrounds. The work included installing 12 fire rings, clearing over 5 acres of invasive plants and maintained over 6.5 miles of trail.
YCC 8, Blue Crew started in the Fremont-Winema National Forest in the south, moved to the Malheur National Forest in eastern Oregon and finally finished up north in the Mt Hood National Forests, fixing trails the whole way. They maintained over 12 miles of trail over 5 weeks and cleared 35 logs with crosscut saws.
YCC 9, our red 2 crew started the season working with a couple other youth crews in the Fremont-Winema National Forest clearing trails before finishing near the coast with some invasive removal. They were able to maintain over 2.5 miles of trail in two weeks before clearing well over an acre of invasive species.
YCC 10 Orange crew also worked in the Fremont-Winema National Forest for 3 weeks before tackling a couple weeks of invasive removal, ending the season in Northern California. They cleared 3.25 miles of trail, bucked out 30 logs and removed 3 acres of invasive species.
YCC 11 our yellow 2 crew was well-traveled, starting up in Mt Hood and ending on Zumwalt Prairie way out in the northeastern corner of Oregon. They had a mix of trail work, invasive removal and plant surveying. They maintained over 1.5 miles of trail, removed over 3,000 square feet of invasive species and surveyed over 2,000 square feet of native plants.
YCC 12, yellow 1 crew started close to Eugene before heading way north, then way south and then way north again, fixing a trail that had completely washed away on their final week. They were able to pull invasive species over a 4 mile stretch, remove another quarter acre of invasives, maintain over a half mile of trail and install one structure to make the trail stable again.
Washington Youth Camping Crew 14, our ASL youth crew, partnered with Mount Rainier National Park for all four weeks of their project, but they had a variety of projects within the park. Throughout their time they completed several trail maintenance projects including tread-work, brushing, and working on a rock staircase. They also spent a day shoveling snow at a high elevation visitor’s center. Throughout their time they also visited a couple of fire lookouts, a waterfall, the Longmire Museum within the park, and they attended an Operational Leadership Workshop provided by the National Park Service.
Washington Youth Camping Crew 15, one of our open enrollment youth camping crews, had several partners and projects over their four weeks. Week 1 was spent doing a variety of projects with the Northeast Region of the Washington Department of Natural Resources, such as campground maintenance, trail construction, and removing invasive knotweed. Week 2 was spent with the Methow Valley Ranger District clearing trails with a crosscut saw. Week 3 and 4 were spent with the Republic Ranger District constructing a turnpike, campground maintenance, and fuels reduction.
Washington Youth Camping Crew 16, one of our open enrollment youth camping crews, had several partners and projects over their four weeks. Week 1 was spent creating drainage and leveling tread with the Southeast Region of the Washington Department of Natural Resources. Week 2 was spent with the Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon working on a brushing project to clear trails. Week 3 and 4 were spent with the Methow Valley Ranger District clearing trails and completing needed trail maintenance projects.
Our Idaho Conservation Corps Youth Camping Crew 7 had a variety of work throughout their session. They started in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest for their first three weeks. Week 1 was spent doing light tread repair and brushing out a grown-in trail. The next two weeks were spent doing invasive species removal in a different part of the forest before the crew headed out to the Malheur National Forest. They continued an on-going trail repair project before heading back to the coast to work in Coos Bay doing campground maintenance and invasive species removal
ICC Youth Camping Crew 8 spent their first 3 weeks doing some serious trail maintenance and log out. The started in the Fremont-Winema National Forest working alongside 2 other crews before moving to the Umpqua National Forest to work on the North Umpqua Trail. They headed out to eastern Oregon into the Malheur National Forest for one more week of heavy trail work before spending their final 2 weeks in Mt. Hood National Forest doing some lighter trail maintenance and brushing.
ICC Youth Camping Crew 9 spent 2 weeks in the Fremont-Winema National Forest working with a couple other youth crews doing trail maintenance and log out. They then left for northern California before moving to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and finishing in southern Oregon in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. The final three weeks this crew spent pulling a variety of invasive species.
ICC Youth Camping Crew 10 spent their first 3 weeks in the Fremont-Winema National Forest doing some serious trail maintenance and log out on the Gearhart Wilderness Trail. They were joined by two other youth crews for the first 2 weeks and finished the project on their own for the third week. Then they moved to the McKenzie River to pull invasive species as part of the Holiday Farm Fire recovery, before heading down to northern California to remove invasive beach grass along the coast.
ICC Youth Camping Crew 11 spent their first 2 weeks in the Mt Hood National Forest deconstructing damaged bridges piece by piece. This was very difficult work as they took apart the bridges and then transferred all the material to a location where it could be easily extracted. They spent a week in the Willamette National Forest doing brushing and trail maintenance before heading way out to the northeastern corner of Oregon to do plant surveys for two weeks on the Zumwalt Prairie.
ICC Youth Camping Crew 12 spent 4 of their 5 weeks doing invasive species removal and traveled north to south and back north again throughout their session. They worked in the Willamette, Siuslaw and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forests pulling English ivy, French broom, St Johns wart and bracket fern to help native species take hold in these areas. They then finished their season up on Saddle Mountain repairing a section of trail that had eroded.