Preston served in our South District from 2013-2016, three years as a field crew member and one as a crew leader. His work involved buckthorn removal, prescribed burning, garlic mustard removal, duck banding, tree planting and lake shore restoration. But no matter what the project, Preston preferred to be efficient. “I liked when we were given short deadlines for projects and getting them done ahead of time,” said Preston. He also enjoyed any out of state trip. “Those trips were fun because they helped bring the crew closer and project hosts seemed extra enthusiastic to have our help.”
When Preston looks back on his experience with the Corps, he thinks about all the work his crew was able to accomplish and knows that they had a positive impact on each project. But the projects weren’t the only thing to benefit. “My Corps experience positively impacted my life now by giving me the professional work experience to get a Wildland Fire job,” said Preston.
Currently, Preston is a Wildland Firefighter at South Dakota Wildland Fire. There, he serves on a 20 person handcrew responding to wildland fires in the Black Hills area, as well as national incidents in states such as New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana.