Turtle Bayou, Anahuac Texas

Our last hitch in Texas has been completed! And it sure was one for the books. By far the toughest hitch we’ve been through this season. But those are always the ones you remember the most. We had a 10 day spike camp hitch, continuing the construction of a 600 ft boardwalk at Turtle Bayou. An area covered in at least a foot of mud. We’ve been closely working with the Texas Conservation Corps with this project but got to take it on with just our crew this hitch. Through the mud, freak storm that ripped tents, and tool malfunctions, we managed to add an additional 95 feet of boardwalk! Doing maintenance of boardwalks is not new to us, but building them from scratch was. There was a steep learning curve for the crew but, by the end of this last hitch I think it’s safe to say we’re pretty close to experts now. We’re sad to leave Texas and say goodbye to our friends at TXCC but are very proud of the work we put in. Back to the SouthWest Refuges!

– LaCC Crew Leader, Courtney Gullo

 

Louisiana Conservation Corps: Turtle Bayou, Texas

This week was one of new experiences, growth and knowledge. Our goal this week was to make progress on the Turtle Bayou boardwalk, and clear out brush to plant Mulberry and Cypress trees. We worked alongside our sister crew, Aqua from TxCC, with so many hands work was light and after the first morning we found a perfect organization and rhythm. The mud and water on the trails was the most difficult and frustrating part of this week, boots got stuck, bodies landed in deep pools of mud and tools were easily dirty and harder to use. This slowed work, but we managed to make wonderful headway with helpful hands and positive attitudes on both crews! Later on in the week a small group separated to brush cut, in order to plant trees along a march road. The trees are to be planted to create better habitats for birds and protect the marsh and road from erosion. With well suited tools this job was simple and we were able to quickly see results. Thursday afternoon we joined Texas crews at a educational talk about the migration of monarch butterflies and their declining habitat and population. This was eye opening to many crew members and a wonderful reminder of the importance of our work. All three crews (pink,aqua and the new TxCC gold crew) debriefed together and shared our favorite part of this week. This hitch as a team we had to better our communication skills and assimilate to working with a larger crew. We learned how to properly deal with different and difficult working conditions and use all team members gifts as a tool to better our work.

-LaCC Crew Member, Olivia Bischoff