Greetings Spotlight Readers!
Plumas Conservation, Restoration, Education in Watersheds is excited to bring you another journal entry from the field. This week we are bringing you the voice of Amy Lewis. In the group journal she writes,
“Currently we are almost halfway through our P-CREW session and I’m learning SO much. I came to P-CREW with expectations of a very strict work-style relationship with everyone. Of course we are professional and hardworking at our job sites, but we still have fun as a family during our recreational time.
At every job site and project, we are always given an educational lesson explaining what we are doing and why it needs to be done.
Some of the projects we have been working on include;
• Fuels Reduction Project
• Hand Release of Young Trees
• Vexaring Young Trees
• Installing Deer Guzzlers
The Fuels Reduction Project involved stacking midsize logs and branches from trees that were felled to reduce fire risks. The piles were made to be 5-7 feet tall and anywhere from 8-12 feet in diameter. I think overall this was the crew’s least favorite project because we worked on a very steep hill in fairly hot weather.
The Hand Release project consisted of walking through dense, very sharp white thorn brush until we reached a baby tree. Then we used hand-tools such as loppers and small hand held shears to cut back the invasive white thorn to a radius of 3-5 feet around the sapling.
The Vexar project included hiking a rather steep hill and pausing to secure vexar – a mesh-like, biodegradable tube that is similar to plastic- over and around the saplings with bamboo poles. I think we secured 1,000+ trees in those few days.
Installing the Deer Guzzlers was my personal favorite project thus far. Conceptually, this project sounds like a snap but actually putting our plans into action was a bit more difficult. All we had to do was remove the old dilapidated guzzlers, dig a 4’ x 10’ x 4’ hole, and install the new guzzler. Before I continue, I should tell you what a guzzler is… a guzzler is a rain water storage/dispensation system that supplies water for animals in areas where water is scarce. We removed and installed 2 guzzlers in total and I really enjoyed digging and breaking through the roots.
At camp, we all have various jobs and chores such as:
• Leader of the day (keeps time and motivates)
• Dinner (cooks dinner)
• Lunch (preps lunch)
• Breakfast (makes breakfast)
• Dishes (cleans up after meals)
• Water (makes sure we have fresh water)
• Trailer Organization (tidies our gear)
• Weather (checks weather and reports to the group)
These chores help keep us organized and ensure that everything gets done.
P-CREW has already been an amazing experience for me. I originally came to P-CREW to expand my horizons to see what I may want to do with my life in the future. Because of this program, I have begun to seriously consider pursuing a job in the Forest Service. This program has really been life changing!”
Thank you for reading and check back next week for another field share. Project Spotlight aims to highlight our current projects in a way that will engage our online audiences and increase participation in our organization. If you have suggestions or stories you would like to hear please email firstname.lastname@example.org.