The P-CREW Experience
This summer, FRLT partnered with the Sierra Institute’s P-CREW for a unique opportunity to incorporate youth education and work force development into a stewardship project on conserved land in Sierra Valley.
P-CREW is an innovative program that integrates two groups of 12 students from both rural Plumas and Butte counties and from the East San Francisco Bay Area and places them in the Upper Feather River Watershed for 5 weeks of conservation work, education, and recreation. This program teaches real world skills to both local youth and inner city kids allowing for a unique cross pollination dynamic.
Previously, P-CREW had done most of their work on public lands in the Plumas National Forest. With the support of generous donors, FRLT and the Sierra Institute brought this unique youth crew to the Sierra Valley Preserve for 2-day work project and campout event.
The adventurous and hard working group of 12 students (ages 16-18) and two crew-bosses took on a variety of projects with the guidance of FRLT’s Stewardship Department.
Day 1-- Maddalena/Bobo section of the Sierra Valley Preserve:
· Stained our viewing platform, bench and picnic table
· Restored six burrowing owl nesting structures
· Removed 1300 ft. of a storm damaged cedar fence with pry bars, hammers and sledges
· hauled a large livestock trough through several stream channels to be used a new location
Day 2-- Bolson section of the Sierra Valley Preserve:
· Cross-country reconnaissance for storm damaged wooden fence washed downstream
· Disassembled over 600 ft. of cedar fence damaged by winter floods.
· Transported fence sections and posts by foot to the historic Bolson house to be re-purposed
Thank you P-CREW and the donors who made this project possible!