Student Conservation Association Crew Works Hard in Ellicott Rock Wilderness

Group of Student Conservation Association in front of Ellicott Rock Wilderness Sign

The Forest Service recently partnered with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to host a National Conservation Crew on the Andrew Pickens Ranger District in the Ellicott Rock Wilderness. Seasoned SCA crew leaders Shawn Newman and Morgan Cotter, as well as high-school age youth volunteers from across the country, performed trail maintenance on the Chattooga River Trail and campsite restoration. Specifically, they accomplished the following:

  • Campfires removed: 35
  • Campfires rebuilt: 13
  • Cleared logs from trail: 34
  • Bags of trash removed: 7
  • Icebergs installed: 58
  • Read rebenched: 72 feet
  • Water bars: 16
  • Rocks added to water bars: 7
  • Stumps shortened: 13
  • Brushing of trail: 1.5 miles
  • Stepping stones: 3
  • Hardened tread with crush: 49 feet
  • Blocked trail: 160 feet

This valuable work and experience in the wilderness was made possible by a donation received by SCA and funds from the Forest Service Youth Conservation Corps. 

An SCA student cuts a log out of a trailRestored fire ring