2023 Land Stewards Field Note: Grace Leonard

by | Field Notes, Land Stewards, LS 2023

My time working on the Entiat trail crew so far has been some of the most rewarding work I have ever done. Every day, I’m awed at the fact that I’m lucky enough to do work that I love in such beautiful places that many people may never get to see. I have learned so much about the area and the Forest Service and gained many new skills. Most recently, I have been a newly certified class B sawyer for a chainsaw and a crosscut saw. A big piece of our work is hiking out and logging out the trails, and it’s always rewarding to have hikers or bikers pass by and thank us for clearing the way.

One of my favorite parts of this job is working with other Forest Service employees with years of experience and seeing how much they truly value and enjoy their work. It’s so refreshing to be around others with a passion for the same thing. Despite only being on the crew for a couple of months, I’ve built such good relationships with everyone I’ve worked with, and we all have so much fun that it rarely ever feels like work. I know I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be, and I look forward to everything I will learn as the season progresses.