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We want to help in picking up sticks!

February 24, 2012

Regarding “Pick up sticks … the really huge ones,” (Jan. 13, 2012), the Student Conservation Association is sharpening its crosscut saws and hoping to do our part to help open hiking and riding trails on the Inyo National Forest, specifically within the Mammoth Ranger District.
 
As funding has declined for trail maintenance on the Inyo, SCA as we are commonly known, is actively seeking private foundation funding to provide a month-long high school trail crew to the Inyo, free of charge. 
 
Our youth crews serve as volunteers and work full 40-hour weeks.
 
The opportunity to spend a month in the outdoors in the spirit of service to America’s public lands and the communities that depend on those lands in a place as spectacular as the Eastern Sierra makes the region one of the most popular destinations for our high school crews. 
 
If we are successful, at least one eight-person crew will arrive on the forest this June with saws in hand. 
 
If we exceed our fundraising goals, we will offer up two month-long crews.
 
The second crew could serve at Devils Postpile National Monument as well.
 
The Student Conservation Association has enjoyed a long partnership with the Inyo National Forest and Devils Postpile, and it is our full intention to secure the funding needed to provide some assistance in tackling the problems caused by the wind event.
 
Jay Thomas Watson
Regional Vice President
Student Conservation Association
Oakland, Calif.
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