Field Season Begins

With snow beginning to melt in the Snowy Range, the field season has begun in the Medicine Bow National Forest. To continue work on my campground designs, I have been on site meeting with stakeholders in order to inform my designs. These meetings have pushed me to adjust my design work and to reach out to other members of staff and partners. I have also started putting together data quantifying the improvements being made in my designs with the hope of eventually figuring out cost estimates.

We checked trail conditions after one of the last snowfalls of the season.

I was also still working on designing kiosk signs and GIS maps. I became much more informed on the natural resources in the Forest and on how to map them effectively for a variety of users and at many scales. We sometimes went out and verified these maps with on-site visits and much of my time was spent adjusting GIS data to be more accurate. On some site visits I took inventory of infrastructure to understand the scope and potential cost of proposed designs. This often led to meetings and discussions regarding new and interesting topics such as range management and ski trails.

On this site visit I verified that enough snow could be captured by the trees for cross country ski trails.

After the last snow of the season, the responsibilities of my position grew to accommodate the needs of a Forest that is open for the summer season. I was tapped to assist with trail work. A windstorm had blown down uncountable numbers of trees across the Forest, rendering many miles of trails impassable for hikers, runners, bikers, and others. In some places there were hundreds of trees per mile on the trail. It felt very satisfying to clear trees and open trails for the public. I am hopeful that I can continue working on the ground to make sure that the Medicine Bow National Forest can keep serving the public.

Working hard clearing trails.
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