U of Mizzou

30 03 2012

Students rock!

Thank you a million times for coming to Southwest Colorado for your spring break and putting your muscles to work on behalf of our Spring Creek Basin mustangs!

This week, among other projects, students from the University of Missouri rebuilt a big section of fence on one of the basin’s boundaries where places were cut before last fall’s roundup. The students hiked in and out (a mile and a half or so one way) with fence materials and equipment to complete the project. No motorized help in McKenna Peak Wilderness Study Area! And at the end of the day, they got to see some of the wild horses their work benefits!

Forget college spring break cliches. These motivated students raise money to travel here from Missouri and work hard while they’re here. In addition to Spring Creek Basin, they will work at Mud Springs at the base of Sleeping Ute Mountain and at Lowry Pueblo north of Cortez. They may go home with a tan (that may have started as a sunburn), but it’s not from lounging on the beach! Guaranteed, they’ll go home with memories of an experience they’ll be proud to share!

Alternative spring break here is a partnership between San Juan Mountains Association, BLM’s Tres Rios Field Office, the Forest Service (Dolores Public Lands Office), Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, the two local Back Country Horsemen groups (Mesa Verde and Four Corners), National Mustang Association/Colorado and other locals and local businesses to bring U of Mizzou students to the area for work projects on San Juan public lands. This was the 12th year of partnership!

Thank you to local volunteers Tif (MVBCH and NMA/CO), Joan (SJMA) and Bob (4CBCH), high school student volunteer Laura (who has been involved with this project for several years and will head to college later this year!), SJMA folks Kathe and MK, the Forest Service’s Tom and Ben – and pack horses Trapper and Zip! – and, never least, BLM’s Tom and Kiley!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the students. Your hard work is so much appreciated for the safety of our mustangs. Have fun with the rest of your visit, and come back soon! As Kathe said, there is a special place in heaven for all of you. 🙂



5 responses

30 03 2012
Karen Schmiede

Thanks so much to all these students from all of us who love wild horses. They are really doing something worthwhile.

30 03 2012

Wonderful news! I’m so glad they were able to see the horses before they headed back home. That was true giving spirit.

30 03 2012

Ditto to you both! I wish I’d known about alternative spring break when I was in college!

31 03 2012
george w doerre

sounds like you had a wonderful group, doing a wonderful job. can’t explain
it but i was mesmerized by your photo of kootenai. that means a new painting.
i look for your releases each morning abt 6:30. on the days they appear..
its kind of a cloud walk for a while. thanks again gwd

1 04 2012

We are fortunate to have this program and the students here every year. They’re happy to be here, and we’re happy to have them! I should take some pix of the paintings you sent and post them on the blog! So wonderful! Thank you!

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