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Field Program

[Image Description: Two MCC members taking a brief break; one is sitting on a rock, the other is standing nearby. They are both in their uniforms, looking out at the expansive, mountain view surrounding them.]

The Process of Reclaiming a Bog

A member stands against an MCC truck

When the crew arrived at the Greer Gulch Loop Trailhead, we were tasked with rerouting the trail parallel to the creek we wanted to reclaim. There was a rotting wooden bridge that was built on top of mud which needed to come out.

A project like this one is a trail worker's dream because we managed to reuse all of the material we took out of the earth. All of the dirt, rocks, and sod we collected as we were carving the Earth's surface was replaced like puzzle pieces in one giant puzzle. No organic matter was hauled from the worksite besides mulch from the branches, felled trees, and the bog bridge.

This was a perfect first hitch for the crew because we got to experience all parts of the process in trail work. We brushed, dug tread, drilled stone, and built a turnpike which gave us all the opportunity to diversify our daily tasks.

Despite being snowed out and missing a day of work, the Greater Yellowstone Black Cache Crew successfully reclaimed a bog by rerouting the entrance of the Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park Greer Gulch Loop Trailhead.