After each season, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy compiles reflections from crew members, data about work completed, and photos of the season to create End-of-Season portfolios for the Conservation Corps and High School Leadership Corps.
These portfolios provide a glimpse into the experience these program provide and the valuable work the crews complete. Check out the 2018 End-of-Season Portfolios below:
2018 Conservation Corps Portfolio
2018 High School Leadership Corps Portfolio
On National Public Lands Day, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy hosted 32 volunteers for a litter clean-up at Beaver Point in Rocky Mountain National Park (just outside the Beaver Meadows Entrance).
In less than two hours, volunteers collected over 160 lbs of trash from the area. This included construction materials, vehicle parts, abandoned camping gear, cigarette butts, and lots of plastic containers and wrappers!
Volunteers ready to go collect some trash!
Volunteers proud of their work and the impact on public lands!
National Public Lands Day is a nationwide celebration of OUR public lands. On the third Saturday in September, thousands of individuals across the country get out and celebrate public lands through volunteer projects, community events, and recreational offerings! On top of all of this, it is a fee-free day at most public land sites, making it a great opportunity for everyone to get out and enjoy these beautiful places!
The Conservation Corps season may be over, but that doesn’t mean the Conservancy has wrapped up its field season!
Today, Conservancy staff and local volunteers joined the Rocky Mountain National Park Wildland Fire Crews to complete some fire fuels reduction. The project was organized on the National Day of Service and Remembrance to honor the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.
The project focused on reducing the fuel load available for future wildfires. The work included collecting downed limbs and trees, previously cut by NPS staff, into slash piles (see photos). These piles are constructed during the summer and fall and then burned during the winter, when the conditions are correct. These projects remove potentially hazardous fuels from areas close to roads, trail heads, and campgrounds. By removing the fuel, volunteers are helping protect wildland firefighters from erratic fire behavior caused by excessive fuel loads and ladder fuels, which allow low-intensity ground fires to move up into trees.
Today, September 11, 2018, eight volunteers joined National Park Service fire crews and completed 10 slash piles. Each of which held more than 2000 cubic feet of fuel. Check out photos from the project below:
-Geoff Elliot (Director of Conservation)