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Mar 25

Youth in Wilderness Stewardship on Skinner Ridge

The crew assembles before setting out on the Skinner Ridge trail

The crew assembles before setting out on the Skinner Ridge trail

This past weekend students and teachers from Ponderosa High School and Green Career Center of Ben Lomond joined Youth in Wilderness leader Bryce Winter and Trail Crew leader Mike Heard for a Stewardship outing on the Skinner Ridge trail, with a specific focus on clearing the numerous deadfall across the connector trail to Comings camp. Students enjoyed learning trail working techniques, especially the use of the cross-cut saw.  As one student remarked, "its really satisfying to see what you accomplish, then actually get to hike through it."  Students also really enjoyed the scenic beauty of the Skinner Ridge area and views out to the Ventana Cones.  Big thanks to veteran trail worker Mike Heard for lending his expertise and overall positive presence.  To be around a dedicated and knowledgable person like Heard is an education in and of itself for students.  Thanks also go out to Ponderosa teacher Brian King, we're very pleased to work with folks like him who really understand and value the importance of experiential education for their students.  All in all it was a great weekend to welcome in the Spring and give back to the wilderness. Ponderosa's school curriculum focuses on academics with themes in sustainability, green consciousness, environmental studies, outdoor education, community service, and vocational training. We look forward to more opportunities to get their students in the wilderness!
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Skinner Ridge

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Readying for the long, hot hike up to Devil's Peak

Atop Devil's Peak

Atop Devil's Peak

Ol' Pico Blanco in the background

Ol' Pico Blanco in the background

A lizard catches a ride with the saw carrier

A lizard catches a ride with the saw carrier

Getting loose before the start of work

David Sussberg and Mike Heard

David Sussberg and Mike Heard

Teacher and student work the saw as YiW leader Bryce Winter looks on

Teacher and student work the saw as YiW leader Bryce Winter looks on

PPE

PPE

A low cut with a student

A low cut with a student

Working it

Working it

Students work together

Students work together

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Posing after his finishing cut

Heard amidst one of our focus work areas

Heard amidst one of our focus work areas

Bush Poppy's were popping off (Dendromecon rigid)

Bush Poppy's were popping off (Dendromecon rigida)

Frank, Pondrosa student, tries his hand at the bow-drill

Frank, Pondrosa student, tries his hand at the bow-drill

...and succeeds

...and succeeds

Group Shot at Devil's Peak

Hanging' loose on Devil's Peak

           

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