There is something about that little bubbling noise of a creek that brings my entire life into perspective. The water is carefree. It has no recollection of itself nor does it worry about others. All it knows is to flow with the constant pull of gravity downstream. But if I were a creek, I would hope to flow to the ocean. I want to be a part of something greater than myself.
When I lifted my head up I was alone. Burgundy and purple seed heads brushed against my face and shoulders. The sound of grass shaking in the wind washed all around the deeply rolling hills and over the high ridges that surrounded me. Inside that glacial kettle, a bowl of land ringed by undulating hills and ridges, my world had compressed. A pair of hawks banked along the ridges, crying out into the wind, certain of their place on this back forty. Alone, surrounded by a virgin tallgrass prairie, steeped in the purples, blues and gold of fall, I was transported to a Minnesota that once was, and perhaps to a future that might be again.
In the early morning hours of September 2, a four-person crew boarded a plane for Saipan, where Typhoon Soudelor made landfall on August 2 before heading to Taiwan, China and Japan’s Ryukuy Islands. During its 30-day deployment, the crew will set up a Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) to help coordinate and manage volunteers from multiple agencies and community groups.
This summer, the Corps joined forces with Superior National Forest (SNF) to hire and train 12 young adult corps members through the Faces of Tomorrow initiative, which provides intensive training and work experience to under-represented individuals to help them move into full-time Forest Service conservation positions.