CorpsTHAT Crew- Vermont
CorpsTHAT Crew- Vermont
Program Year: 2022
Project Partners: Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests, US Forest Service
Program Dates: June 11, 2022 – July 9, 2022
Leader(s): Karina Baker and Maria Escobar Stull
Ages of Corps Member: 18 – 25
The purpose of the CorpsTHAT 2022 Crew was to provide conservation work with the US Forest Service in the Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) region of Vermont. The GMNF is over 400,000 acres in central and southwestern Vermont and the CorpsTHAT crew got to serve in a few different parts of the forest: Out of the Rochester Ranger District for the first three weeks and out of the Manchester Ranger District for the last week. The majority of the crew’s work for GMNF focused on Habitation Restoration as there was some damage caused by hikers’ swaying off trails and by invasive plants. The crew got to restore and rebuild different parts on several trails. When the crew were stationed in GMNF, they got to meet several passionate US Forest Service employees, such as botanists, land managers, and a watershed manager. There also was another conservation crew in Vermont at the sametime (Vermont Youth Conservation Corps-VYCC) and they worked on the same project with the CorpsTHAT Crew for a day. It was a great way for all people who have passion for nature to work together regardless of any disability or language barriers.
Tupper Terraces – Green Mountains National Forest
The crew went to the Tupper Terraces and collected garbage from the surrounding area. In total, they collected trash in 6 ten-gallon trash bags and successfully removed them from Tupper Terraces.
Robert Frost Trail – Green Mountains National Forest
The crew went to Robert Frost Trail where willow stakes were cut from trees and put into buckets (13 buckets in total). Those stakes were then put into ground by the Robert Frost Trail. The stakes will grow into willow trees and help control the soil erosion along the river. During this projected, the crew installed over 250 willow stakes at the trail and we improved 5 acres of land that week.
Bingo Brook Road – Green Mountains National Forest
For this project, the crew worked with a crew with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps to pull over forty 10-gal bags of Wild Chervils on Bingo Brook road. Together, they cleared an area of around 120,000 ft (2.8 acres) of Chervils to allow other native plants to thrive.
Deer Leap Trail – Green Mountains National Forest
This trail was the crew’s favorite projects, and the view at the top made their daily hike even more worth it! They cleared trail’s canopy and also built 28 brush-in structures to keep hikers on trail and 7 apron drains to reduce erosion damage from water running down the trail.
Hapgood Pond – Green Mountains National Forest
For the crew’s last few days they got to help the recreation center at GMNF to break down their old picnic tables, cleaned corridors (the space between the trail and the shrubs around), trimmed the overlaying branches of trees, cleared the vegetation that was outgrowing over the pavement paths, and painted signs.
Tori Reeves, 22, Washington. “Making a connection with nature and learning about different challenges with projects will make you grow to become a better person”
I enjoyed working with different tools, especially the looper in Hapgood pond where I cut the leaves so they did not block people’s way around the pond. Not only that, but I also enjoyed the gorgeous view of the trail at Hapgood pond while I worked at the same time. It fits my preference of having great views while working.
Amogne Konkel-Harmon, 19, Born in Ethiopia, Africa; lives in Maryland, U.S. “I want to learn more about how to take care of the environment.”
My mother found this opportunity for me and I made the best decision to apply for a crew member position at CorpsTHAT. I learned a lot from this experience. For instance – how to survive in the wild, how to compost properly, how to cook for a large crew. My crew consists of all Deaf and Hard of Hearing members, and we all communicated through ASL which made it an inclusive and accessible environment.