Summer is Here!

After all of the training and paperwork, our summer land crews are now out in the field! We have a total of five crews in Denver and five crews in Colorado Springs including one in Pueblo that will begin June 10th. It is a busy and exciting time with all the new faces around. We’re happy to have them all on board and look forward to an incredible summer! Here’s a look at what our crews will be doing over the next 12 weeks:

TrailBlazers One of our three saw crews this summer. The TrailBlazers will be working primarily on forest fire fuel mitigation projects with Denver Mountain Parks. They will be finishing the summer with a few weeks of invasive species (Russian Olive) eradication.

Assistant crew leaders, Katie and Taylor, are already having fun!

Assistant crew leaders, Katie and Taylor, are already having fun!

RockClimbers Also a  saw crew. The RockClimbers will work on forest fire fuel mitigation projects as well as Russian Olive removal. They will work at several different Denver Mountain Park locations, Evergreen Parks, Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, and South Suburban Parks and Recreation.

Sawyer Corpsmembers get chainsaw certified during orientation

Sawyer Corpsmembers get chainsaw certified during orientation

RidgeRunners Our final saw crew. The RidgeRunners will spend a large portion of the summer working along the Sand Creek Greenway removing Russian Olives. They will finish up the term completing projects as a hand crew.

Katie, Patrick and Jordan are the RidgeRunner assistant crew leaders

Katie, Patrick and Jordan are the RidgeRunner assistant crew leaders

PathFinders One of our two hand crews this summer. The PathFinders will work on a variety of projects from fence installation and removal to invasive weed removal, trail maintenance, and trail construction. They are working at Cherry Creek State Park, Roxborough State Park, Golden Gate State Park, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, and Denver Mountain Parks.

Josh, Jerry and Emily hard at work removing fence posts in Cherry Creek

Josh, Jerry and Emily remove fence posts in Cherry Creek during the first week of field work

SummitSeekers Also a hand crew. The SummitSeekers will be working on noxious weed removal, fence removal, and new trail construction. Their projects will be in the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Staunton State Park, and several locations within Denver Mountain Parks. This is the first year to have a crew of this name.  We know they’ll set the bar high for all the future SummitSeekers!

Ryann and Luke are ready to get to work!

Ryann and Luke are ready to get to work!

Colorado Springs will have several different crews this summer including sawyer, trails and camping.  The Wolverines, a day crew, and the Bobcats, a sawyer crew, will be working in the Waldo Canyon burn area cutting fire-burned trees and using them to build log erosion barriers (LEBs) in order to stop water erosion after heavy rains.  The Peregrines and the Marmots, both camping crews, will continuing building an OHV single-track trail in Rampart Range.  Steel City, the Pueblo Crew, will be working in the backcountry cutting trail in the San Isabel area and aiding in fire relief with CUSP (Coalition for the Upper South Platte).

A big thanks to Gabe Buzinski and John Biggs for their contributions to this post!
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