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Apr 28

Youth in Wilderness Stewardship Outing

Hiking to the Work Site

Hiking to the Work Site

On a recent April weekend students from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's Sierra Club joined Youth in Wilderness Field Manager Bryce Winter and coleader Stuart Abel on the Kirk Creek trail to participate in stewardship activities with Trail Crew leader Mike Heard.
Sawing limbs

Sawing limbs

The prime focus was removing a large downed oak tree that fell across the trail about a half mile up from Espinosa camp, going towards Vicente Flat.  Several cuts needed to be made in order to remove the whole tree.  Students relished the opportunity to learn about the cross-cut saw and get in on the action.  Mike Heard did an excellent job instructing students on proper technique and everyone picked up the skill rather quickly, and enjoyed the process.  Human-powered tree removal may lack the thrill of the chainsaw, but the team-work is more rewarding, and allows you to still hear the birds.  Thank goodness Wilderness is a place where nature's sounds must prevail and mechanized equipment is not allowed.
Students in action

Students in action

clearing clearing clearing cleared posing
fixing the hinge

Fixing the hinge

After removing the oak tree we continued the ongoing maintenance of the Kirk Creek trail by cleaning out the hinge and leveling sections of tread.  Hikers passing by were very thankful for our work and boosted the students' already cheerful morale. fixing the hinge
Big Tree pose

Big Tree pose

resting Another successful Youth in Wilderness outing in the Ventana.  Students left feeling accomplished at having given their time and energy to the beautiful public lands of the Big Sur backcountry and the serene unmatched feeling of spending time in wild nature.  Thanks for reading!              

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