After a successful inaugural year of employing a four person field crew to undertake a variety of stewardship projects across the Mt. Adams region, we are off and running in 2019. Under the direction of new project leader, Casey Tane, MARS is tackling a variety of forest health, wildfire risk reduction and land stewardship projects with a five person team. Back for his second year with the crew is John Campbell, joined by new crew members that bring a wealth of experience working in the outdoors, fighting wildfire and constructing wilderness trails. New members include Brian O’Neill, Josh Blanchette and Anders Pace. The crew’s initial projects have included defensible space work around homes in forested settings in the Snowden area, and a fuel break on the Klickitat Wildlife Area. A significant portion of the summer will be spent working on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest preparing prescribed burn units and creating a fuel break above Trout Lake with a major investment from the Washington Department of Natural Resources. We’re really excited about this group, their initial successes, and the possibility of working with you on a project. Give us a shout if you have something in mind.