YCP’s seventh week in the field started off with an incredible educational day led by Nancy Bockino, an ecologist who specializes in whitebark pine research and monitoring in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The crew was fascinated to learn about the complex relationship between whitebarks, native pine beetles, and Clark’s Nutcrackers. YCP enjoyed the casual hike to Surprise and Amphitheater lakes—it was a new experience to listen and observe rather than digging drains.
On Tuesday the crew finished work at Menor’s Ferry, and now the historical watercraft is ready to be put into the Snake River once again. They continued the day working at Blacktail ponds and installing informational kiosks at Mormon Row. YCP also started working on the new Bear Trail at the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve (LSR), first working with the vegetation management crew eradicating musk thistle and houndstongue, then digging tread. The group got to work quickly and were able to move a significant amount of dirt! After only two half days at the LSR, the trail is looking great—this crew is efficient.
YCP ended the week by pre-packing for their backcountry trip to Lower Berry Cabin next week, which everyone is looking forward to.