Spruce Park and Wilderness

  • July 14, 2014
  • Posted by Jalmer Johnson

As this year marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Wilderness Act it seems appropriate to reflect not only upon what wilderness itself means, but also the actions we have taken to protect the wilderness over the past half century.

CCC planting tree

The Trees of Our Fathers, Part I

  • July 14, 2014
  • Posted by James J. Crumpler, III

Revving up a chainsaw in the morning at a local park to cut down yet another Russian Olive tree, a twisted invasive specie of tree that has four-inch thorns.

Weekend Retreat

  • July 09, 2014
  • Posted by Erin Murray

There is not much in this world that can beat the feeling of overlooking an alpine lake on a beautiful summer day with a refreshing breeze moving through you. That is exactly how the youth crews of Eastern Wildlands spent their July 4th weekend.

This brief overview of our crews exciting first extended hitch includes action, romance, tragedy, moldy bagels, and copious amounts of taffy and bananagrams.

Logging Field Trip at Helena NF

Central Divide Youth Crew

  • July 07, 2014
  • Posted by Alice Butler

Our weekend spent at Fort Benton’s summer festival brought many great things. Highlights included entering + winning a sidewalk chalk contest, a spectacular fireworks show, a feminist reenactment, and a 5k. Schwangggggg.

For 10 days, the Eastern Wildlands Blue Crew worked with sponsors and the U.S. Forest Service to maintain the integrity of two different trails in Custer National Forest.

I use Kool-Aid, coffee grounds, and a spray bottle to demonstrate surface water pollution to fourth graders at Farm Fair.

Watersheds and Whiteboards: a lesson for us all

  • June 22, 2014
  • Posted by Katherine Boyk

To teach the kids about water, I first need to learn how to teach.

Blue Crew’s first hitch of many on the Meriwether Trail!

Student teacher!!

First Hitch At Goose Bay!!!

  • June 10, 2014
  • Posted by Tiana Morris

“You take people, you put them on a journey, you give them peril, you find out who they really are.”
― Joss Whedon

The invasive crews took a hitch to Northern Idaho this week, and camped in Hellsgate State Park outside of Lewiston, ID, on the banks of the beautiful Snake River.
Highlights of the hitch included: bald eagle sighting, beautiful orange and cloudy sunsets, exploring a roadside cedar grove, crossing the Washington state border, seeing a roadkill bobcat up close, and loads upon loads of native/invasive plant information.

Snowy Camp on the LTBT

YCL Trails Training

  • June 03, 2014
  • Posted by Steven Gang

It was crazy to learn that there was such precision when it came to crafting the perfect trail. This allowed me to better appreciate all of the trails I have been on, as well as understand the hard work and thought that goes into each and every foot of trail.

Before Road Obliteration

Russian Olive, Don, Road Obliteration, Don

  • June 03, 2014
  • Posted by Evan Willeford

Our project sponsor was Don Galvin of the BLM, someone who we would grow pretty fond of through the coming weeks.  It’s always great to have a project sponsor who has a healthy arsenal of one liners to lighten the mood when the going gets rough.  The thing about Don, he might be giving directions to the project site or explaining that grizzly scat could be easily be identified by an abundance of bells, whistles, and a strong peppermint odor but his demeanor rarely changed.

CD Backcountry

  • May 09, 2014
  • Posted by Eric Borr

As I pen these words we have been three days in the Montana wood and now make our travels towards the Yukon.

Idaho, Summit, and The Bob

  • May 05, 2014
  • Posted by Chris Seng

April was jam-packed with travel for the Eastern Wildlands YCL’s (as is every month for EW).  From trail training in Idaho, to summit at Camp Mak a Dream, to backcountry training in the Bob, we certainly earned our stripes as road warriors.

Trails and Sunshine

  • April 21, 2014
  • Posted by D. Robledo

It had been a long time since my boots hit the soil of the mountains of Idaho. I spent nearly a whole season there last year. I had never expected to fall in love with it.

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