This November, we made youth corps history when we implemented a Winter Fire Mitigation Crew. This project will provide significant wildfire protection in the Red Rocks Canyon, Section 16 trail head and Ute Valley Park for 1,337 homes and 674 acres within the Pikes Peak Urban-Wildfire Interface. Now into December, the winter crew is off and running, with 6 new and 5 returning Corpsmembers. In just 2 weeks they have already removed 10.5 acres of Siberian Elm. After removal, the elms are then chipped up and transported to Colorado Springs Utilities, where they are used to produce bio fuel. The team averages 18 cubic yards of material per day! The crew is doing well with only two snow days so far – keep your fingers crossed! We are not aware of any other corps in the state that works during this season, and everyone is excited to extend MHYC’s impact into the winter months!