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A Summer Story-2011
Working mainly in Fort Stanton, trail crew has been one of the most fun experiences I have had in Ruidoso. When over twenty young adults come together and have nothing but each other in the middle of nowhere, magic happens. We are given hand tools such as Pulaskis, Mattocks, and McLeods which are powered by the vibrance of the youth. In an overall picture of the year, EcoServants has hired forty-two young adults, all who will work in the field of trail building for at least two months. We call this crew of brilliance our YCC, Youth Conservation Corp, crew.
In just the past year we have built and restored twenty miles of trail. One of our biggest supporters is the Bureau of Land Management. We work together in Fort Stanton the majority of the time, helping to manage and restore their sixty miles of trail. We also help the B.L.M. to manage the Fort Stanton Cave by leading educational trips and completing restoration projects on broken formations that have gone with disregard from visitors. At the end of the summer '09 the BLM purchased a Ditch Witch that can easily build 1 mile of trail in a day.
In the spring crew the YCC crew built six and a half miles of beautiful trail on Sierra Blanca. Also in the spring we finished the trail around Grindstone Lake used for the Triathlon hosted by the Ruidoso Athletic Club. For those of you who haven’t noticed, we have been doing continual maintenance on the Grindstone Frisbee Golf Course and Gavilian Canyon Road for about two years now by cutting out all of the invading musk thistle.
EcoServants does not only help to make Lincoln County a more accessible, beautiful place, this non-profit also gives our youth the importance and motivation they need to have within themselves. Many young lives have been improved through EcoServants. Some youth who thought it never possible to go to college, not only got a scholarship, but also started off with at least two college credits. Please continue to support what not only this county, but our youth needs too.
Nathan Chaves Ex EcoServants