Please welcome the Mile High Youth Corps’ Chainsaw Crew, who are back for a third year removing Russian olive from the city’s Big Dry Creek open space areas!
Russian olive can grow to 30’ tall with thorns between 1 and 2 inches long and are listed as a noxious weed by the state’s Department of Agriculture. The city’s Parks, Recreation & Community Programs Department received a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant with a value of $25,000 toward funding two weeks of the Chainsaw Crew and one week of the Day Crew that in August helped with weed control at Tuck Ditch Park.
The goal of the MHYC program is to employ youth and young adults throughout the state on critical outdoor recreation and land conservation projects in partnership with local governments and open space agencies. Thornton is providing lunchtime educational talks focusing on the city’s culture, history and ecosystems with career path advice promoting municipal environmental careers.