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FYS 2015 – Week 5

The last week of working out of the WREC was a full one.

The Baller Bobcats and Daisy Chain Gang work with Damon from USFS on the East Crater trail.

The Baller Bobcats and Daisy Chain Gang work with Damon from USFS on the East Crater trail.

The Trail Busters and Timber Tigers continued to add to the white pine pruning total for the season. Caleb even got in on the action filling in for Riley on Monday and Tuesday so he could complete training for a positive life choices program that will be used at SHS this fall.

The Baller Bobcats and Daisy Chain Gang worked with Damon, Mt. Adams Trail Crew, installing culverts and turnpikes on the Trail #48 aka East Crater. While benefiting the East Crater trail directly, this project also improved access to the PCT as it runs through the Indian Heaven Wilderness.

Guests this week included SHS principal Sarah Marino, retired USFS surveyor Norm Ward, and WSU Extension agent Todd Murray. Norm shared an update on the biomass power generation and greenhouse project in Hemlock while Todd taught students about the amazing, and sometimes creepy, adaptations insects use to survive and thrive.

On Friday, the crews tackled Challenge activities as well learned how to use what they’ve learned at FYS to secure and be successful in their next job.

Crews fill in around a new culvert on the East Crater trail.

Crews fill in around a new culvert on the East Crater trail.

Crews cross a "treacherous" river during a Challenge activity using teamwork and communication.

Crews cross a “treacherous” river during a Challenge activity using teamwork and communication.

1...2...3...right! Crews learn about the importance of communication during Challenge activities.

1…2…3…right! Crews learn about the importance of communication during Challenge activities.

Crews pose with the completed turnpike and culvert they installed on East Crater.

Crews pose with the completed turnpike and culvert they installed on East Crater.

WSU Extension agent Todd Murray teaches a class about insect adaptation.

WSU Extension agent Todd Murray teaches a class about insect adaptation.

The Timber Tigers and Trail Busters pruned white pine off the 60 Road.

The Timber Tigers and Trail Busters pruned white pine off the 60 Road.

Retired USFS and long time project sponsor Norm Ward shares the work that is being done to create jobs and use biomass to generate power and heat.

Retired USFS and long time project sponsor Norm Ward shares the work that is being done to create jobs and use biomass to generate power and heat.

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