Carol Breuer (CBreuer@VINES.COLOSTATE.EDU)
Thu, 13 Apr 1995 16:27:43 MDT
Just thought I'd share a little about a neat activity I participated in this
past weekend. For the sixth year scouts from all over our council here have
gathered at Fort Robinson State Park in the northwest corner of Nebraska to
help replant an area that was burned in a huge fire back in 1989. Fort
Robinson was a frontier army post and some of the early buildings still
stand. It is now a state park with many recreational uses and the loss of
the pine forest in the surrounding area due to the fire was really a disaster.
This year over 1400 Boy Scouts, Webelos, leaders, parents and other siblings
gathered to help plant the 21,000 pine seedlings provided by the park service
and had the job done in just a few hours. They came from Nebraska, Wyoming,
Colorado, and South Dakota. It is kind of a mini jamboree that has grown up
over the last few years and everyone has the satisfaction of doing a good
turn and helping the parks people reestablish a forest. In six years (if I
remember the statistics right) the scouts have planted more than 90,000 trees
in this area. Since it is a dry climate the survival rate runs between 30
and 50% but that is still a lot of trees.
Also, in connection with the tree plant, there is a Wood Badge reunion and
reception for the adult leaders that is always a lot of fun. Since our
council is spread out over three states it is a great opportunity for our
Scouters to renew friendship and visit with those who we don't see to often.
Anyway, it is a great activity and one I am proud to have been a part of.
Carol Breuer, Fort Collins, CO
Asst Dist Commissioner
. . . I used to be an Eagle, NC-155
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City