- The whole crew – TNC, WRV & Greenway all together at the end of a long and satisfying workday.
The Nature Conservancy team members at the site were extraordinary hosts, leading us on guided tours of the on-site trails, sharing their knowledge about the preserve and The Nature Conservancy’s work, and providing additional hands while we were trail building. Team members from WRV (Wildlands Restoration Volunteers) came out to teach and guide us as many of us tackled trail building for the very first time. They showed us how to use a variety of new tools to work on the different projects we were tasked with. Our first challenge was to construct two sets of stairs leading to river crossings, using many large rocks. We quickly learned the importance of working together and using our tools properly so that we could successfully maneuver these (very heavy) natural materials. Up next, we learned the ins and outs of the trail building planning process. WRV taught us about many things trail builders have to consider when charting a trail, including slope steepness, distance from the river, and future plant growth.
After all of that hard work, we of course had time for some fun and games. Swimming in the river was refreshing and unbelievably scenic, and we stretched out our acting legs during a pretty intense game of charades. Plus we were lucky enough to see three rattlesnakes and a young bull moose all without catastrophe.
We are so pleased to have another successful Nature Conservancy service trip in the books, and we look forwards to getting back out the Phantom Canyon Ranch next year to continue our trail building work!