Hitch 1 Travel: John Matthews, Dan Perez, Stevi Swanson, Eric Molnar
Our first hitch of the year with SCA Idaho Americorps was spent working with the BLM in Salmon, helping to implement their new travel management plan. To do this we installed signs on the large swaths of BLM land around Salmon and throughout parts of Lemhi County to designate which roads on BLM land are legal to drive on. We had two trucks for the project, and most of our time was spent driving in four-wheel drive on the steep, rocky terrain that makes up most of the BLM land around Salmon. To get our signs firmly in the ground, we used two massive post-pounders custom made for the job (appropriately nicknamed the Forearm Factory and Rick James). Overall, the hitch was definitely successful (despite temporarily getting one of the trucks high-centered on a side hill), pounding in over 120 posts over the two weeks; we will finish this project on future hitches and continue to work on the BLM’s travel management plan throughout the summer.