Thank you for the ongoing coverage of the Colewort Creek Restoration project at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. I would just like to add that we couldn’t have done it without the help of the Rainland Flycasters and Paul Phillips of Oja’s Christmas Tree Farm.

Three dedicated Rainlanders, including Bob May, Walt Weber and Tom Scoggins, donated their time, trucks, equipment, and energy to get the culled trees out of the farm and into the park.

The park would not have known about this opportunity had Phillips not called Doug Ray, looking for a project to donate his trees to; he benefited by having excess trees cleared from his farm, the salmon will benefit from improved habitat, and local students benefited from an on-the-ground service-learning project.

None of this would have been possible without the enthusiastic assistance of the Rainland Flycasters.

The National Park Service and the lands we steward benefit immensely from these kind of collaborative efforts. Again and again, I am impressed by the great spirit of volunteerism exhibited by so many members of this community, from helping out at the fort, lending a hand with trail construction, or assisting with our numerous habitat restoration projects.

This national park belongs to all of us. Thank you to all of the volunteers who donate their time and energy to taking care of it and making it better. We couldn’t do it without you.