First Project for the Veterans Green Corps

  • June 15, 2017
  • Posted by Brad Koontz

The Veteran Green Corps successfully completed their first project between the 30th of May and 7th of June. The crew was tasked with removing small diameter trees and lodgepole pines 15 feet from a roadside along a 2 mile stretch of road. This was complicated by a fence which blocked off one direction for falling trees. Overcoming the challenge, the sawyers used directional felling techniques to avoid damage to property.

While their work was stellar, their office was magnificent. Given the privilege of working on the Lost Trails Wildlife Refuge, crew members were greeted by a herd of elk on the very first evening. Other members saw moose and a black bear mother with cubs throughout the week. Mountain bluebirds and robins were a common sight during morning exercises, and owls were heard in the evenings. Two members found feathers of the great grey owl, a species of concern and the largest owl in North America.

As the crew completed its final tasks, a bald eagle soared overhead. May this symbol of our nation serve as a good omen to the hard working men of the Veteran Green Corps.


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