CCYC's Labyrinth Canyon Adventure!

06 April 2015 Published in CCYC Blog
Before and After shots of a campground where we eradicated invasives Before and After shots of a campground where we eradicated invasives

This week, we had the wonderful opportunity to raft down the Green River to various campsites and remove the invasive (and ever challenging) Tamarisk trees. Our raft guides for this trip were Candace and Gordy from SWED, Jake, our CCYC Program Director, and Alan, a River Ranger with the Bureau of Land Management. Clearing riverbanks and campsites of Tamarisk in the Southwest is such a necessity that we had a small fan club among the other groups putting in on the river. We felt like celebrities! Getting a glimpse of just how much our efforts impact the local community was a great way to start our week-long trip. We cleared four different campsites along the Labyrinth section of the Green River. Some of the Tamarisk was small and bushy, some of it was huge and dirty, but we saw it all as one big challenge. Our crew performed well above the expectations we set and did so with wonderful attitudes. We even had the opportunity to take a few educational hikes where we identified local plant life with the help of Craig (one of our future crew leaders) and his handy plant guide book. We had an amazing time rafting and working so closely with our BLM project sponsor! Can't wait to do it again!