Week four of YCP 2021 saw the crew continuing work up Death Canyon, where the trail has become overrun in many areas by thick brush and rocks that were dropped onto the trail from winter snow. Each week, different members of the crew are assigned as leaders of their peers with the goal of honing their communication skills while building confidence in their decision making. Working in the heat was not easy, but this week’s leads helped their teams endure and remain positive as they removed rocks from the trail and brushed overgrown vegetation. The crew also performed brushing around Phelps Lake.
Later in the week, the crew had the incredible opportunity of spending the morning with Grand Teton wildlife biologists observing a wolf pack in their native habitat. The biologists educated the crew on the use of radio telemetry to track the wolves, as well as instructing them on how to record raptor observations while they watched a golden eagle's nest. YCP wrapped up the end of the work week with a maintenance run around Two Ocean Lake before heading home happy and tired from another great four days of making a difference in Grand Teton National Park.
Big thanks to all of the YCP participants and trail crew leaders out there keeping the park's trails clear and safe!