A summer in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park, Week 1: Get trained up!

This week kicked off my first full summer of field work in quite a long time, and I'm thrilled to be part of Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks' aquatic restoration team. I will be posting updates here on the adventures that lie ahead.

This week we were at Ash Mountain, the headquarters of Sequoia National Park. Just up the road from Three Rivers, California, temps regularly reached over 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, but spirits were high with the excitement of the long stretches of backcountry time in the near future. The team and I mended gill nets, checked out gear, attended several safety and technical trainings, got trained in electrofishing, and mended more gill nets.

It's been a shocking 15 years since I last officially worked for the U.S. National Park Service. It feels really good to be back.