Thursday, July 17, 2008

First CLC crew rocks the Wonderland Trail

Conservation Leadership Corps members rock! Specifically, when I found them on the Wonderland trail this morning half a mile above Longmire, they were collecting river rocks and soil to rebuild a turnpike on a section of trail rerouted by the floods of November '06. The crew of 8 students and 2 crew leaders has been here for a week and a half already, and will be wrapping up their term of service on Saturday.

CLC is a youth program of the Student Conservation Association that recruits high school students mostly from local urban areas, including the greater Seattle region. Members spend two weeks (or sometimes four) working on projects and camping in the park. CLC crews, as well as shorter-term crews of public volunteers organized by SCA and the Washington Trails Association, made a big difference on our trail reconstruction last year, accomplishing more than half of the park's trail work.

A second CLC crew will arrive on Wednesday (July 23) of next week, and a third will be here in August. We are extremely grateful for their hard work and service!

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