Grand Teton National Park Foundation

Trail Talk: Trail Talk: A Behind the Scenes Look into GTNP’s Youth Conservation Program – Week One

Friday, June 23rd, 2017
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The 2017 Youth Conservation Program is off to a great start. After a day of orientation and boot fitting, the team went straight to work in their new gear. As is always the case at the beginning of a trails season, water bars and lateral drains need attention. With 22 enthusiastic members, YCP maintained drains around String Lake, the west side of Jenny Lake, and into Cascade Canyon. They even had enough energy to help an NPS trail crew move three large piles of rock near Inspiration Point for the Jenny Lake Renewal Project!

Some members started work in the Blacktail Ponds area, learning the precision skill of peeling and notching logs to build log checks, which will help prevent further erosion of the trail towards the Snake River. Other crew members continued to hone their drain clearing skills around Phelps Lake and into the LSR trail system. With only three days of active work, they covered roughly 20 miles of trail. The crew is already proving they are here to work hard! After a big week, what better way to wrap up than meeting with YCP donors and Grand Teton National Park Foundation staff that made the season possible, the ice-cream was an added bonus!

Returning YCP member Andreas came back to WORK HARD!