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Productive NPLD Dig Day Wraps-Up Initial Phase of the Pole Mountain Trail Project

We had a great time at the National Public Lands Day community dig day at Pole Mountain this past Saturday in Laramie. This event, which also saw volunteers building new trail on the State Section of land just east of Laramie, was organized by the the UW Outdoor Program (thanks Dan McCoy and staff), Wyoming Conservation Corps (WCC, thanks Patrick Harrington, staff and crew members), and the UW Service, Leadership and Community Engagement (SLCE) office. Turnout was great and two worthy projects got a nice boost.

At Pole Mountain, the WCC crews wrapped-up their “digging season” volunteering at the place where they worked over 2500 hours earlier this year improving the trails. The combined forces of WCC and community volunteers were able to complete a an approximately 650 lineal foot reroute of a section of the trail known as the campground bypass that was in rough shape and unsustainable. The reroute runs through a wooded area just to the east of the old trail. It flows really well and should be much more sustainable.

USFS representatives where also on hand to both supervise and help with the digging. The local wildlife even got into the act, when a seemingly tame fox wandered through the work area, paying almost no heed to all of the work going on.
It was a fun and productive day at Pole Mountain (and we assume at the State Section as well) and a great way to wrap up the first phase of the Pole Mountain Trail Project. We want to thank all of the organizations and volunteers that have made this project possible and we are looking forward to continuing the work at Pole Mountain next year.