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|Crew Leader Logan Maclean falls a tree.|
|Kaitlyn Dowd stacks slash on the West Bighorn Aspen Enhancement Project.|
|The Wyoming Conservation Corps crew (l-r): Logan Maclean (crew leader), Laura Lynch (crew leader), Tim Hentgen, Kate Gregory, Kaitlyn Dowd, Stacia Slowey, Nick Spackman, and Scott Miller, along with BLM Archaeologist Marit Bovee.|
Wyoming Conservation Corps Enjoys Assignment with
BLM Fire Crew
By Sarah Beckwith, Public Affairs Specialist, Wind River/Big Horn Basin District
The BLM’s Wind River/Bighorn Basin District fire crew and the Wyoming Conservation Corps (WCC) partnered in July for ten days of forest enhancement and fire preparedness projects.
The eight-person WCC crew, under the direction of Supervisory Range Technician Andy Rothleutner, worked tirelessly on several projects: conifer felling to enhance aspen populations in the North Brokenbacks, a ponderosa pine restoration project on Ten Sleep Rim, juniper removal to create a Wildland Urban Interface fuel break, and prescribed fire preparation. Much of the work involved cutting and stacking juniper where it had encroached into the pine and aspen forests. The crew was self-contained and camped near the worksites.
In total, the crew completed 640 hours of service for the BLM. "It was hard work but they were really enthusiastic, willing to learn, and jumped right into the projects," said Rothleutner.
"Working with the BLM in Worland was by far one of our most rewarding ten day assignments," said WCC Crew Leader Laura Lynch. "We worked hard and had a great time!"
In addition to all the hard work, the partnership between BLM and WCC included an education day for the college students at Medicine Lodge State Park.
"Our crew was given good information regarding the restoration projections we were working on and the staff of Worland Field Office has a great deal of dedication and passion," Lynch said.
BLM Archaeologists Marit Bovee and Dora Ridenour talked with the students about the archaeology of Medicine Lodge and of the Bighorn Basin, as well as about careers in archaeology. Out at the project sites, BLM Forester Jim Gates discussed the vastly diverse challenges and rewards of forestry careers associated with different regions of the country.