Part 1 in a series of posts and photos showing my time here in Nebraska working as a Restoration and Stewardship Field Assistant for Prairie Plains Resource Institute.
“The beauty here is often subtle. It doesn’t knock you off your feet at a glance the way the snow-capped Colorado Rockies or the rugged coastline of the Pacific Northwest do. But it can be every bit as remarkable.”
– Michael Forsberg
I arrived in Nebraska in mid-March, in the middle of a long and cold spring (it snowed May 1st.). While it wasn’t as cold as I thought it would be – or what I had briefly experienced during a short stint in North Idaho – it was still much different than back home, at least at that point in the year. Right off the bat I went to work cutting down invading, fire-intolerant Eastern Redcedar (Juniperus virginiana), driving a tractor (something I had done only the week before for about half an hour on a vintage 1960s Allis-Chalmers), undoing thousands of feet of old fencing, then turning around and building a new fence, and even put in some time on a skidsteer.
And a few more trees were cut down, including this Elm (Ulmus sp.) Though I had done this a thousand times before in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Idaho, it still felt refreshing to be back on the saw. Thanks to Jeff Gustafson for filming and for his colorful commentary.