We had another exciting tour here at the Grand Canyon (how can it not be exciting with our location?), with some great volunteers that helped us plant a big section of our Paiute project site. The beginning of the week was spent preparing all of the supplies we would need for our planting, including tools, snacks, and of course plants. We are really getting the prep work down for volunteer groups and everything went smoothly. Labor day found our vegetation office empty of all but the most incredibly dedicated SCA volunteers (aka, us!), and we put the hard work back into Labor day. Even passing apartment residents expressed their excitement about our ever growing area of plant sites.
Winter is on the way, marked by a steadily later sunrise and a slight cooling of morning temperatures. The pressure is on to get as many plants into the ground before the first snows!
The only downside of an awesome week would be the teams' farewell to one of its corps members; due to a long-term injury to her foot, Brittney has had to leave the canyon and return home. We will miss the sound of her crutches echoing throughout the office and will be sure to send her frequent updates on our projects' progress.