Wyoming Conservation Corps

Maggie Mullen

This summer, a University of Wyoming trail building program launched a work crew specifically for veterans in need of a job. The crew is the first of its kind in the country. 

At Curt Gowdy State Park, the Wyoming Veterans Trail Crew was hard at work on a trail called “Cliffhanger”— a narrow singletrack with rocky ledges along the edge of a reservoir. 

Near one of Cliffhanger’s sharp curves stands a twenty-foot tall dead tree. Crew member Mickey Finnell said it needs to be cut down before it falls on the trail.  

BHP Imaging

A University of Wyoming trail building program has created a summer work crew specifically for veterans in need of a job. The Wyoming Veterans Trail Crew will be a part of the Wyoming Conservation Corps beginning next May.

UW Conservation Corps Still Alive

Jan 23, 2014

Almost a month after saying they didn’t have the funds to operate this summer, the Wyoming Conservation Corps is back in business. 

Last month program leaders said the Corps was short on money, but a loan from the U-W Research Office and money from Residence Life and Dining Service will allow the program to move forward.

The program pays students to perform conservation work around the state during the summer.  This year it will be a scaled down program, according to Director Patrick Call. 

A program that uses students to perform a variety of conservation projects will not accept project proposals for the coming summer.  A loss of funding will essentially shut down the Wyoming Conservation Corps.

University of Wyoming Spokesman Chad Baldwin says UW does not have the resources to fund the program this year, but they believe they can re-start the program in 2015.