VetsWork: Nature and People

VetsWork: Nature and People

I feel that our National forests and other natural areas are very important for the well-being of the plants and animals that live in them as well as the people who visit them. I have seen firsthand how getting out in nature can help people. I think that it is...
Meet Will Fisher, 2020 VetsWork AmeriCorps Intern!

Meet Will Fisher, 2020 VetsWork AmeriCorps Intern!

I grew up in Pennsylvania and have always loved being outdoors. I served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and traveled to many parts of the world, getting out into nature as often as possible. Since leaving the Air Force I studied for two years at Alderleaf Wilderness...

VetsWork: Excited for What’s to Come

  My name is Dallas Reece Rhinehart. I served 5 years in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman before transitioning into civilian life, and the Mt. Adams Institute (MAI) VetsWork program. I’m currently serving on the North Fork John Day Ranger District of the Umatilla...

VetsWork: Exploring New Places in My Home State

I am stationed in the Umatilla National Forest in Ukiah, Oregon at the North Fork John Day Ranger District. When I arrived there was still a ton of snow everywhere, and it felt somewhat confining. It was a daunting white barrier preventing us from exploring the woods....

VetsWork: A Life-changing Internship

My experience as an intern working with Mt. Adams Institute has been excellent. The amount of exposure I got working in the Umatilla National Forest was kind of overwhelming…in a great way. There are so many career paths in the Forest Service. I never imagined how...

VetsWork: I Made it Through the Wilderness

As a great lover of musicals it is not hard for me to imagine during my day to day routine that I am indeed living in a musical, or at least should be. Random songs are constantly popping into my head that perfectly describe whatever situation I find myself in. It...

GreenCorps: Life on the Umatilla National Forest

While making the decision to come out here for this program, one of the things I was looking forward to most, was getting out of my old routines and beginning a new job in a new location. The daily routine here starts early. We typically begin our days with physical...

VetsWork GreenCorps: A Great Escape from the Big City

We are several weeks into the program so far; we have all been through most of the trainings and certifications now. We are all certified on chainsaws and have been working hard on the thinning unit honing in our skills with the saw. Last week we went to Fire School,...

VetsWork GreenCorps: This is Just the Beginning

Before I arrived to participate with the Mt. Adams Institute’s VetsWork GreenCorps program I expected to be challenged physically and to learn about wildland firefighting. Other than that I did not know what else to expect. Within the first three weeks we have done...

VetsWork GreenCorps: Time has Flown By

The time has flown by incredibly fast. What has seemed like only a few weeks has turned into a few months, and the end of the program and the beginning of our time as official Forest Service employees is rapidly approaching. We have had more hours than I can count of...

VetsWork GreenCorps: A Day with the Umatilla Vet Crew

My day working with the Umatilla Vet crew starts the same everyday with some form of physical training (PT). Most days we thin heavily forested areas to reduce the potential for wildfires. We have completed over 8 acres so far. That’s pretty much our normal routine:...

VetsWork GreenCorps: A Cog in the Machine

I’ll be honest; I didn’t have many expectations before arriving to start this program. A lot of that had to do with the fact I worked full time up until two and a half days before leaving Georgia to meet up with the crew in Trout Lake, Washington. When I applied and...

VetsWork GreenCorps: Looking for a Change

I decided to apply for the VetsWork GreenCorps AmeriCorps program through the Mt. Adams Institute and the Umatilla National Forest, because I was in great need of a change in my life. While I enjoyed my time in the Army, garrison life did not provide the daily sense...

VetsWork: Umatilla National Forest Intern

Mt. Adams Institute, AmeriCorps, and their VetsWork Environment program have granted me a splendid chance to find a job in my desired field. I’ve always known that I wanted to work outdoors and because of fortunate incidents I found myself a great opportunity as an...