“Corps work can be a lot of things, intense is one of those things. Picture this, I’m in the river with a chainsaw. My fingers are wrapped around the pull cord and as I prepare to swing my elbow back, everything goes white as a lightning flash bangs the whole crew. We began our retreat back to camp in between lightning flashes. Everything is wet, a raindrop slides down my chin as a smile breaks across my face. I felt so alive.
Working hard everyday with… the people who become a sort of family to you and experience the thrills and funnies of the job is the stuff good stories are made of. We are all having this grand personal adventure along side each other on a project where on an even grander scale we all remain anonymous.
Many groups are working hard to eliminate Russian Olive in the southwest. The main problem being that this non-native species can grow rapidly and easily out compete other species, especially in riparian ecosystems. The species also can easily spread by seeds dispersed by animals or sprouting by adventitious buds, which occur on the roots. In riparian areas where Russian olive becomes the dominant species, the quality of wildlife habitat is vastly inferior to habitat provided by native plant species. Thanks Canyon Country Youth Corps and all the volunteers for all your hard work out there!