Partnerships That Meet Community Needs
July 2020 is the quietest July our Base Camp has seen in decades–no summer treks, no Rendezvous, no school groups–but we’ve kept
ourselves plenty busy. In addition to several infrastructure projects (see the base camp updates article for more details) and many discussions about diversity, equity, and inclusion, we have been building and expanding partnerships to better serve our local community.
Over the last two months, youth crews from the Ancestral Lands program have spent time at Cottonwood Gulch camping, training, practicing healthy social distancing, and making our excess wood more accessible. Ancestral Lands crews have thinned overgrown forest and bucked, hauled, and piled many cords of wood, ready to disperse to people who need it. To ensure the wood gets where it is needed most, we have been in conversation with an organization called Chizh for Cheii (which translates roughly as “Wood for Grandfather”) about transporting the wood effectively to elders and families on the Navajo Nation. This project has the added benefit of reducing the fire risk for our property and our neighbors.