Survey, Survey, Survey

Field season is well underway in Laramie. Seasonal employees have been hired and the staff on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest are spreading out across the Forest to complete their field assignments before summer turns to fall in September. This means I have been out on campgrounds, trails, and other recreation areas completing surveys, assisting in maintenance, and working education programs. To complete my campground designs I have to complete an accurate, geopositioned survey of these campgrounds. For days I have been going out to campgrounds around the Forest to document the locations of assets, important trees, and roads. Each one of these points indicates an elevation. I will be able to upload this data into an online design software program to begin new construction documents for campground improvements.

Working with surveying equipment to document assets at a campground

Another task included in my position is campground decommissioning. I have been working with a local non-profit to remove picnic tables, fee tubes, grills, and fire pits from campgrounds that are no longer operated by the Medicine Bow National Forest. Many of these campgrounds are located in floodplains and the Forest can no longer afford to continue repairing the campground. It was very satisfying to work with local partners that are motivated and excited to improve the recreation experience and assist the Forest in operations. We spent a day separating metal from the Civilian Conservation Corps era picnic tables and grills to be recycled. I am hopeful that I can help out more with other outdoor focused non-profits in Laramie this summer.

Working to separate metal pieces from 80 year old concrete picnic tables.

I had the opportunity to assist in education programs for students in Laramie. This was so fun. I was offered the job of wearing the Smokey Bear mascot and I took it gladly. I wore the cumbersome costume proudly for two Leave No Trace educational programs at summer daycares in Laramie. It was so great to see all the children talk about their experiences outdoors and get excited to see Smokey Bear. This enthusiasm for the outdoors inspired me.

Smokey Bear giving a thumbs up with my coworker, Hope Opia.
1 Comment
  • Ankara Avukat
    Posted at 08:26h, 05 July Reply

    Your blog is a constant source of inspiration for me. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise. Your work makes a real difference!

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