Park Day with Texas Conservation Corps
During the morning hours of Saturday, June 1, Blue Action Democrats teamed up with Texas Conservation Corps and City of Austin Park Rangers to assist with a National Trails Day volunteer event at nearby Stephenson Nature Preserve. The 17-strong GSD! crew was by far the largest group of volunteers.
Six of our kids pitched in, the youngest being only five years old!
Covered in bug spray and sunscreen, all endured the heat, humidity, and chiggers to improve the Stephenson Preserve Loop Trail.
The rock squad, led by Kennon Wooten, collected and hauled ten tons of stone to fill a washed out ravine. The closers, led by 14-year-olds Ally Frisch and Kate Bryant, closed off an old trail by filling in washout ruts with branches and rock and planting the improved surfaces with native seed. Finally, the drainage team, led by Mingfei Yi and CJ Zhao, created four rolling grade dips to create erosion free drainage on the main loop trail.
We all learned a lot about trail maintenance and all of our assigned tasks were completed ahead of schedule. Trailboss Paul Stuffel was quite impressed, even with a team bragging that we GSD!!
We encourage you to visit the preserve to view our work.
Blue Action Democrats thanks all of our hardworking volunteers for walking the walk and helping our community!