Veterans Trail Crew- Pilot Hill

Sponsored by: The Pilot Hill Project

The Veterans Trail Crew (VTC) kicked off their summer season by beginning work on new hiking trails for Pilot Hill. The VTC worked alongside Crew 3 to cut in new trail with the help of a Rototiller. The VTC prepped the trail corridor by grubbing out sage brush and mahogany bushes.  Also, the VTC constructed a large rock bridge with a culvert in order to raise the tread of the trail and to aid in water runoff.

For their day off, the VTC headed over to Saratoga to take a soak in the Saratoga Hot Springs before heading to Laramie to take a well needed shower and enjoy a meal out.

All Said and Done:

  • 1.5 miles of new trail constructed
  • 1 mile of trail corridor cleared
  • 1- 15’ rock bridge with culvert

All-Women’s Crew- Grand Teton National Park

Sponsored by: The National Parks Service

To kick off their first inaugural season, the All-Women’s Crew made the long trek up to Grand Teton National Park to conduct invasive species removal and mitigation within the park. The All-Women’s Crew spent a majority of their time in Grand Teton NP spraying for a number of invasive species. Targeted species included: Smooth Brome, Musk Thistle, Dandelions, Alfalfa grass, and Cheatgrass.

For their day off, The All-Women’s Crew headed into Jackson Hole to explore the town before heading over to Driggs, ID to enjoy a meal out.

All Said and Done:

  • Approx. 3.5 acres sprayed for invasives
  • Approx. 10,000 Cheatgrass specimens removed
  • Approx. 300 gallons of various herbicides used

Crew 1- Devils Tower National Monument

Sponsored by: National Parks Service

Crew 1 began their summer season by heading up to Devils Tower National Monument to help improve the park as a whole. Crew 1 spent the first few days of their hitch planting Ponderosa Pine saplings. After completing the tree planting, Crew 1 began work on split rail fencing around Tower Trail and the Ranger Station.

For their day off, Crew 1 went over to Wind Cave National Monument and toured the Natural Entrance Route and visited the Mammoth site. Afterwards, the Crew enjoyed a meal out.

All Said and Done:

  • 1200’ of new split rail fencing constructed
  • 14 Ponderosa Pine Saplings planted

Crew 2- Curt Gowdy State Park

Sponsored by: Wyoming State Parks Non-Motorized Trails Program  

Crew 2 began their summer season by heading to Curt Gowdy State Park to construct a new mountain bike trail. Crew 2 spent the majority of the hitch constructing a number of rock features, wood features, and berms on the new trail. Crew 2 also spent some time clearing the trail corridor for the use of a mini excavator to help build new trail.

For their day off, Crew 2 went for a hike in Vedauwoo then headed into Cheyenne for a round of minigolf. Afterwards, the crew enjoyed a meal out and some hacky sack in a local park.

All Said and Done:

  • 1 mile of new trail constructed
  • 120’+ of berms constructed
  • 100’+ of trail armoring
  • 50’+ of rock rollover features
  • 70’+ of wood bridge riding features constructed

Crew 3- Pilot Hill

Sponsored by: The Pilot Hill Project

Crew 3 Kicked off their summer season by heading up to Pilot Hill to construct new trail alongside the Veterans Trail Crew. While on Pilot Hill, Crew 3 began work on Trail 2, a new hiking trail on Pilot Hill. With the aid of a rototiller Crew 3 was able to work easily and swiftly to construct this new trail. Also, Crew 3 constructed a retaining wall and a French drain before starting construction on Trail 3.

For their day off, Crew 3 headed over to Saratoga to enjoy a nice hot soak in the Saratoga Hot Springs. Afterwards, the crew stopped off in Centennial to enjoy a dinner out.

All Said and Done:

  • 1.5 miles of new trail constructed
  • 2- 10’ rock retaining wall constructed
  • 1 French Drain constructed
  • Approx. 20 mahogany bushes removed


This AmeriCorps program is made possible through a generous grant from
ServeWyoming!

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