In cooperation with the Rawlins Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Pathfinder Ranches helped build a 22-acre exclosure fence surrounding Sand Springs in Carbon County. These multiple springs, producing water directly out of the sand dunes, are within the headwaters of Sand Creek that flows through the Buzzard and Sand Creek Ranches, both owned by Pathfinder Ranches.
(Above) Sand Springs is located within a sand dune complex.
(Below) Many of the springs flow directly from the sand.
To assist in the fence construction, Pathfinder Ranches hired a six-member team from the Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) to plant treated posts, string wire and secure top rails. The MCC is a young adult development program, modeled after the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s, using conservation projects to foster citizenship and personal growth in its members.
The final project provides spring source and riparian area protection of these unique areas in Wyoming. A special thanks is owed to the range staff at the BLM Rawlins Field Office for their leadership and expertise on this project.
(Below) TJ Larramendy and Kevin Marlin with Pathfinder Ranches prepare to pound one of the 300-plus treated posts used in the exclosure construction.