In which we reveal the answer: "Where in the Wilderness is Willy?"

The Northwest Youth Corps has posted information about the various work crews out on trails this session. They have 27 crews active right now, with 9-10 kids in each group (plus 2 staff). That's a lot of pulaskis out there working the trails for us!

The kids are identified by the crew color (you know, like Griffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin...?!) Their helmets are the color of the crew assignment. Willy is assigned to the Red Crew in North 4. Descriptions of the North 4 assignments are:

Blue Crew is heading south to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest! Here, they will complete a variety of maintenance to OHV/Motorized use trails. These folks will do everything from drainage and removing brush to constructing rock retaining walls!

Orange Crew will spend their first week south of the Mt Hood area as they remove Himalayan Blackberry and other invasive species such as Vinca.

Red Crew heading up into the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Where they will continue work that began last session. Red crew will be constructing a re-route on a very popular trail within the Skykomish Ranger district!

Yellow Crew is also heading into the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie! Here they will construct new trail within the newly established Wild Sky Wilderness!!!

We've heard that getting mail is a pretty big deal for the kids working on these crews, so if anybody would like to send a postcard or box of treats (not bigger than a shoebox, please--the mail is carried by a horse or human to the worksite!), here's the address:

Northwest Youth Corps
Willy Beidle-N4
General Delivery
Leavenworth, WA 98826

NYC also offers care packages (the sale of these supports scholorships for NYC programs) that you can send out into the field--stuff like socks and bandanas. What a great idea! Jim sent a "boot shirt" care package that will be delivered next weekend. I hope Willy enjoys it!


  1. Best of luck to Willy! How fantastic to be gone 5 weeks. Amazing opportunity. Hope he comes back stronger and wiser. How could he not? Either way, sounds like a very good thing.


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