Field News Recap – Youth Camping Crews – Session One
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.
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