“It’s a horrible monster!” Pete yelled as the rest of our crew (YO2) and YO3 quickly gathered around him.
“What is it, Pete?” I asked.
“It’s a horrible monster,” he said again, pointing to a glove lying on the path.
I looked down at the glove and didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary at first, but as I bent down for a closer look I saw a giant spider scurrying across the mulch-covered pavement.
As an avid hiker and one new to living in the city, I always find paved trails a little boring. A miniature road with rules, boundaries, restrictions and likely social encounters… I’d rather pass. My type of hike is over soil, rocks and streams; discovering places few people have been before. As a conservationist, this leaves me conflicted. I know the importance of staying on the path to keep critical species alive and invasive species out, but I want to see what lies just over the next hill, around the next turn!
“If the conditions had been any different today, we would not have been able to pull off this burn,” said Dustin Looman, Conservation Corps southern district assistant manager. Looman, the lead burn boss at a Dakota County fairgrounds burn in Farmington on May 15, was describing the precision and expertise required to manage prescribed burns, including monitoring wind speed and direction.