USU’S UCC bike crew at work in Logan Canyon this summer

The Utah Conservation Corps Bike Crew at Utah State University has begun another year of work in Logan Canyon, this time on a project to preserve critical elk habitat.

It is a completely pedal-powered four-person crew, using only cargo bikes to transport themselves and all their gear on a half-day ride up the canyon to their base camp.

Sean Damitz is Director of USU’s Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning.

“We are working out of the Temple Fork area in Logan Canyon,” Damitz explained, “and this is maintaining critical elk habitat with the U.S. Forest Service.”

Damitz said the crew did a variety of projects in previous summers.

”The first three years they got a lot of work done. We did projects with two state parks in the middle of the state. The second year we did a project with the Uintah-Wasatch-Cache National Forest on the Ogden and Logan Ranger Districts and last year we worked with the City of Logan on one of its trails within the city.”

During the 10-week project the crew will thin juniper trees on an expected 1,750 acres.

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