The high school age workers in this summer's local Youth Conservation Corps program helped the City of Mount Shasta clear brush around the city water tanks and spring sites and cleared brush and created berm turns for mountain bikes on the Gateway Trail.

The high school age workers in this summer’s local Youth Conservation Corps program described the work using terms such as “great,” “hot,” “miserable” and “rewarding.”

They helped the City of Mount Shasta clear brush around the city water tanks and spring sites “to improve access and for fire abatement,” said public works supervisor Shawn Powell.

They worked under crew leader Ruth Kellner at Quail Hill and on the Big Lakes line that runs from near KOA to Ski Village Drive.

Another crew led by Jon Dove assisted the Trail Association’s efforts on the new Pig Farm section of the Gateway Trail. Dove said they cleared brush and created berm turns for mountain bikes.

Friday’s last day of the seven-week program included noxious weed eradication in the plantations along Everitt Memorial Highway.

Now in its 41st year locally, the 16 YCC participants this summer also earned certificates after going through a 32-hour basic wildland fire training program.

“It’s a foot in the door if they choose to be firefighters,” said YCC Project Coordinator Lauran Yerkes of the Forest Service’s Shasta McCloud Management Unit.

“It was great work for the kids and they accomplished a lot,” Yerkes said.