Week 7 of Service

This week, each member of Team 1 got to work with a different department within Black Hills NF and State agencies.

Gabby worked with Archaeology, installing new interpretive signs at Gold Mountain Mine. John worked with the SD Dept of Game, Fish, and Parks, sitting in on Conservation LEO and Game Warden orientation and helping out with the annual ADA picnic and fish feeding frenzy. Hayley got to work alongside the Botany staff, surveying for species of local concern within the Black Hills. Steve went on another ride-along with the Forest LEO’s, and Jared worked with the Recreation Dept, installing new fencing.

Aside from these side pursuits, Team 1 also had its busiest week of fire experience yet. Several times during the week, we checked fires that had been contained earlier in the week or during the weekend, to make certain that the lines have held and that the fires are completely out. On Friday, we also responded as initial attack to the Upper Reservoir Fire, a one acre fire in the North Zone of the Forest, burning in grass and timber. After deploying several hundred feet of hose lays and mopping up for several hours, we finally called it a night when the fire was 100% contained and mopped up, returning home at around midnight. A great finish to a busy week.