On September 25th, 18 Arrowmen from T’Kope Kwiskwis Lodge participated in National Public Lands Day (NPLD), a national initiative to give service to America’s public lands. Working near the White River Campground in Mount Rainier National Park, Arrowmen cleared scotch broom on Forest Service property and worked alongside Washington Trails Association (WTA) volunteers and National Parks Department personnel to build water bars and stabilize a section of hillside. As well as a service opportunity, NPLD also served as a dry run for ArrowCorps502. Our base of operations was at Ranger Creek Airfield, which will be our base camp in the summer of 2011. The weekend allowed the ArrowCorps502 Planning Committee to explore the site and identify areas that will need consideration during the ArrowCorps502 planning process, such as the size and location of dining facilities and the tent encampment location. Being based out of Ranger Creek also allowed the Committee to get an understanding for transportation and how long it will take to bring participants to their work sites and back to camp. In addition, because of all the hard work our Arrowmen performed, the National Parks Department and Forest Service are committed to working with our Lodge on future projects.
T’Kope Kwiskwis Lodge would like to thank those Arrowmen for their service during NPLD, as well as the Forest Service and National Parks Department for allowing our Lodge to give service. We look forward to next year’s NPLD, as well as the ArrowCorps502 project.