TEENS SPRUCE UP CAMPGROUND

August 13, 2001 12:00 am
SPRUCE UP WORK: Dustin Wegner, left, and Tom Garza do clean-up work at the U.S. Forest Service's Moss Springs guard station on Saturday. (The Observer/DICK MASON).
SPRUCE UP WORK: Dustin Wegner, left, and Tom Garza do clean-up work at the U.S. Forest Service's Moss Springs guard station on Saturday. (The Observer/DICK MASON).

By Dick Mason

Observer Staff Writer

The U.S. Forest Services Moss Springs campground is a popular gateway to horse packing trails in the Eagle Cap Wilderness.

Today it is a gateway with a revitalized look, thanks to the hard work of 11 Union County teen-agers.

The youths made important additions to Moss Springs campground, six miles east of Cove, this weekend.

The teen-agers helped build a new horse corral, did landscaping work at campsites, placed gravel around picnic tables, put in gravel trails which lead to restrooms, did weed removal work, put in manure bins for horses and put in four high lines for tethering horses.

The teen-agers did their work not only at Moss Springs campground but also at the Moss Springs U.S. Forest Service guard station.

The teens, ages 14-18, worked as volunteers. Deb Barrett, the La Grande Ranger Districts recreation forester, said that without the youths help the projects would not have been completed this year.

We would not have been able to afford the cost of doing this work without their help, Barrett said.

Barrett directed the projects. The teen-agers worked under the direction of Center for Human Development youth counselors Mary Beth Carroll and Steve Raleigh.

The teen-agers worked on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They stayed at the Moss Springs guard station.

The youths left with a feeling of accomplishment and a foundation for the development of strong work ethics.

Knowing how to work is a skill, Barrett said. You have to develop this skill.

Barrett said she could not have been more pleased with the quality of work.

This was the third and final of three volunteer projects teen-agers did in the La Grande Ranger District this summer under the direction of the Center for Human Development. Earlier this summer they painted the Two Color guard station at Eagle Creek and the Grande Ronde guard station on the Grande Ronde River.

The teen-agers who helped with the Moss Springs project were Jeff Ackley, Andrew Boudreau, Mike Mendoza, Chaney Parker, Dustin Wegner, John Shenfield, Anthony Sherer, Jason Sofianos, Tanner Hibbert, Mandi Green and Tom Garza.

Some of these youths also helped with the painting of Two Color Guard Station and the Grande Ronde Guard Station.