- December 19, 2016
- Posted by Corinne Gescheidle and Dan Hagen
Eight weeks ago our lives changed forever! Well, not really…
...but seriously though, it did.
Eight weeks ago our crew members came to the Cabinet Ranger Station for the first day of work. Immediately, we felt like we had known each other for weeks not minutes. Our primary project throughout the season was revegetation along the Bull River. We had so many funny experiences and moments of personal and group development. One of our crew motto’s was, “I’ll do it if you do it.” as one of our members (who shall remain nameless) decided to roll over a bee’s nest (it was Corinne). The project included rolling out black matting to kill and decompose the invasive reed canary grass. This non-native grass has very weak root systems, especially in comparison to the former apex species of the riverbank, cedar trees. The weak root systems cause the stream bank to degrade and release sediment into the water which can kill native fish species like the endangered bull trout. After we rolled out the black mats we pounded in posts along the perimeter and put up fencing to prevent wildlife from disturbing the mats. With the help from our crew we were able to complete a project that likely would have never been completed. It was a very unique opportunity for our crew to be a part of a project that was all encompassing to the work of our specific ranger station.
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