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Pine Ridge Job Corps students, paleontologist share stewardship

SOUTH DAKOTA – Thanks to the students at Pine Ridge Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center, Forest Service Paleontologist Barbara Beasley’s historical field research and conservation efforts on desolate stretches of the Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands just got a little bit easier. Pine Ridge facility maintenance students constructed two portable showers for field staff to use during lengthy excursions in the field. Facility Maintenance Instructor Marcus Fisher recently delivered the two showers that can be broken down and reassembled for easy transport.

Constructing the portable showers assisted the facility maintenance students in refining their skills in using various types of fasteners and general and light construction equipment. The students completed the project by sanding the wood surfaces and applying an elastomeric sealant and a penetrating oil wood finish to protect the shower surfaces from weathering, rot, and decay.

To show appreciation for the students’ exceptional work, Beasley extended an open invitation to the young Pine Ridge students to join her in the field to assist in a day of fieldwork, giving them an opportunity to contribute directly to the vital research on the evolutionary history of life on earth.

This is yet another example of how Forest Service Job Corps students support and conduct work that enhances the nation’s public lands while providing leading-edge social, educational, and conservation training and pathways to prosperity for underserved youth. Their efforts directly support the agency’s strategic plan out-come oriented goals of delivering benefits to the public and excelling as a high-performing agency while sustaining our nation’s forests and grasslands.


Pine Ridge Job Corps facility maintenance students Warren Minchow, Aaron Mikkelson and Cody Ash apply wood sealant on walls of a portable outdoor shower to help prevent weathering, rot, and decay. Forest Service photo by Marcus Fisher.

Pine Ridge Job Corps facility maintenance students Dillon Caudillo and Kaylene McMahill apply wood sealant on walls of a portable outdoor shower to help prevent weathering, rot, and decay. Forest Service photo by Marcus Fisher.