Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Trail Stewardship in the San Gabriels

During the school's Men in the Arena field trips, each class sought a way to give back to the local community.  The freshmen class accomplished that in the San Gabriel mountains, where we worked with the US Forest Service to improve a section of trail north of Azusa.  Fifty students and eight adults worked on expanding trail, weeding invasive species, and creating water run-offs to prevent erosion.  Though we could have spent several more hours out there, we got some good work done in the limited time we had.
 Nik and Carlos expanding the trail

 Mark and Ray clear invasives

 Danny and Julian

 Cameron and Tylor

 Carlos and Armen

 Clifford, Dylan and Kevin clean up the effects of erosion and block the shortcut people were using. Staying on the main trail is one of the seven elements of Leave No Trace ethics.

Mr. Rosenfeld, Jayu and Francisco working on a water run-off

 The group celebrates after finishing.  On the left is Freddie Duncan of the US Forest Service.

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