This years orientation was a success! Crews came together to learn how to complete all the awesome work we’ll be doing this summer across the state. Members started out by getting trained in Wilderness First Aid and then everyone went out to Curt Gowdy State Park to get in house training in fencing, chainsawing, and trail building!

The Veterans Trail Crew spent the latter half of the orientation period up in Thermopolis doing some trail work at Legend Rock State Petroglyph site, while also getting aquatinted with some of the other trails in Hot Springs State Park that they’ll be working on later in the summer!

In all the work completed during the training is listed below:

Chainsawing near Alberts Ally in Curt Gowdy State Park

  • 25 trees felled
  • 35 trees bucked and limbed

Trail Building reroute on Alberts Ally in Curt Gowdy State Park

  • .15 Miles of new trail constructed with one 15 foot rock wall

Trail Building/Maintenance at Legend Rock State Petroglyph Site

  • .25 miles of trail maintenanced with about 15 feet of armoring implemented as well as an 8 foot french drain

Barb Wire Fencing with Laramie County Conservation District and the Nature Conservancy

  • 1/4 mile of new fence built

All in all 37 members and leaders trained on the ins and outs of Trail Building, Fencing, and Chainsawing!

A special thanks to:

Paul Gritten (Wyoming State Parks)

Kevin Skates (Wyoming State Parks)

John Fish (Wyoming State Parks)

Brent Lathrop (The Nature Conservancy)

Rex Lockman (Laramie County Conservation District)

Dan McCoy (Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources)

Hannah Dunn (ACRE’s Student Farm)

Bob Bonds (State Parks Volunteer)

Bruce Burrows (Wyoming Pathways)

Brian Harrington (BHP Imaging)

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