Hitches

Hitch 3, 2018 (June 25- July 4)

Crew 1&2- Clear Creek Conservation District in Buffalo, WY- Chainsaw and Habitat Restoration 

Sponsored by: Clear Creek Conservation District 

Crew 1 and 2 worked together to finish clearing 9 acres of a 17 acre plot that is covered in Russian Olive (an invasive species within the state). The work consisted of tedious cutting in a tangled mess of Russian Olives and then lots of clearing up the mess with some heavy machinery.

For the two crews education day, speakers from the community and government agencies came out to discuss the importance of invasive species mitigation. They also got to learn about future plans for the project and the importance of inter-agency and community cooperation to tackle environmental projects like this and others!

On the crews day off they went and explored the Big Horns and Ten Sleep before getting some ice cream and dinner in town!

All said and done:

~ 900 trees felled, bucked and limbed

-9 acres cleared of Russian Olives

Crew 3- Shoshone National Forest- Trails 

Sponsored by: Wyoming Pathways 

This crew built 2 miles of high quality trail, built to the International Mountain Biking Associations (IMBA) standards. The trail just outside of Lander, WY may be utilized by the multitude of cycling clubs in the town as well as the community. The portion of trail that they got to work on is apart of the areas soon to be first Epic Level (30 mile) ride!

For the crews education day they joined up with crew 4 and went on a hike led by Callie Domek of the USFS. Callie shared with the crews her expert knowledge of the flora and fauna within the Shoshone National Forest. Callie also explained to the crews the process of applying for government jobs through USAjobs.gov.

For the crews day off they got to go Kayak Wedding of the Waters and visit Sinks Canyon State Park!

All said and done:

– 2 miles of new trail constructed to IMBA standards

Crew 4- Shoshone National Forest- Trails 

Sponsored by: USFS 

During this crews time at work they built 0.61 miles of new trail and constructed 6 switchbacks that totaled about 220 feet of rock work, both portions are part of the Middlefork Stock Bypass trail.

For the crews education see crew 3 report above!

On the crews day off they visited Sinks Canyon State Park before heading into Lander for some lunch and a stroll around town!

All said and done:

-0.61 miles of new trail constructed

-6 switchbacks constructed, totaling about 220 feet of rock work (armoring and retaining walls)

Veterans Trail Crew- South Pass City State Historic Site- Trails and Historic Preservation 

Sponsored by: Wyoming State Parks 

During the crews time at South Pass City they laid approximately 300 feet of railway ties and rail for a historic ore cart in the recently opened English Tunnel. Additionally, they performed some much need trail maintenance throughout the park, cutting 27 snags, and weed whacking/ raking over 3 miles of trail.

For the crews education day they got a guided tour of the Carissa Mine, during which they had the privilege of seeing all the various old pieces of mining equipment and its operation!

On the crews day off they travelled to Lander for some lunch and a stroll through downtown before checking out Sinks Canyon State Park.

All said and done:

-27 hazard trees felled

-3.3 miles of trail maintained

-25 yards of new trail constructed

-300 feet of railroad track laid

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