Home Away From Home. A Summer in Montana.
The Emergency Response Team has just returned from another successful project in Butte, Montana. Through a long standing partnership with the United States Forest Service our 35 member team was able to accomplish some amazing service in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. We were challenged with the creation of fencing, bridges, and campgrounds as well as the complete excavation of new recreation trails. These projects stretched our creativity and all required meticulous, hard work from everyone on the team. ERT served a total of 7712 hours in the Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest felling 424 hazard trees and maintaining 88 miles of trails in less than two months!
While these results came from long hours and extremely hard work, our time in Montana was also filled with relaxation and a time for reflecting on the past year of service. The Year 18 Graduation Ceremony was filled with memories of the Joplin, Branson and Kimberling City Tornado responses, wildfires, and Missouri and Illinois Conservation projects. We set out to serve our country this year and have gained friendships, technical and leadership skills, and hundreds of memories in return.
A Day of Service at the Greenwood Cemetary
Over the course of a week AmeriCorps St. Louis members cut and cleared vegetation and also coordinated over 500 volunteers at historic Greenwood Cemetery on two separate service days. Greenwood Cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places but has been severely overgrown and damaged due to lack of resources for its upkeep. On Friday, August 8th ERT members helped coordinate a day of service for nearly 150 Washington University volunteers. Headstones that hadn't been seen in decades were able to be uncovered and recorded.
The following week three ERT members spent multiple days cutting and clearing vegetation to get ready for a group of 350 freshman volunteers from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville on Saturday, August 18th. The impact made by these two service days was large and immediate; a road was made passable, a majestic sycamore tree was cleared around, and countless tombstones were uncovered.
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Saying Goodbye to an Old Fellow and Hello to Three New.
(From left to right: Will Burks, Lisa Formanik, and Tom Schweiss)
After four wonderful years, Emergency Repsonse Team fellow Quinn Gardner will say goodbye to AmeriCorps St. Louis. From fighting fires across Missouri, to responding to hurricanes in Texas and tornados throughout the Midwest, Gardner's impeccable role in disaster response will not soon be forgotten. We wish her the very best in her new position with the State of Missiouri as Special Assistant with the Department of Public Safety and thank her dearly for all of her invaulable work. To read Quinn's goodbye click here
Starting this September three ACSTL alumni will join the Emergency Response Fellowship Team and gear up for another unpredicatable year. Click here
to meet our new fellows!