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Veterans burn slash piles on Animas Mountain
A large slash pile burns Saturday morning on the lower portion of Animas Mountain. The San Juan Public Lands Center has been working to burn the piles assembled by the Veterans Green Corps this summer around Durango.
LINDSAY EPPICH/Durango Herald
Army infantry veteran Mike Bremer lights slash piles Saturday morning on Animas Mountain. Bremer served a tour in Iraq and worked with Veterans Green Corps this summer to create the slash piles.
LINDSAY EPPICH/Durango Herald
Marine Corps Veteran Ross Schumaker torches a slash pile while another burns behind him. Schumaker served two tours in Iraq, then began working for the Veterans Green Corps.
“You don’t want to see me in an office. I get bored pretty quickly. Before I joined the Army, I was thinking about firefighting. It’s a challenging job physically and mentally. It keeps me busy.”
Sarah Castaneda, Army, one tour in Iraq
“I just wanted a new career. It was a chance to help out my community, and those types of jobs have always been pretty fulfilling – help you sleep well at night.”
Mike Bremer, Army Infantry, one tour in Iraq
“This is the first job I found out here, and I fell in love with it and plan to make it a career. I don’t know what I’d be doing if I wasn’t here.”
Ross Schumaker, Marine Corps, two tours in Iraq
“I knew I liked doing this kind of work, and it seemed like a good fit. I wanted to come to a fun spot like Durango and do something outdoors and meaningful, so it kind of fit the bill.”
Lew Sovocool, Army, tours in Iraq and Afghanistan
Corps projects

Work accomplished on the San Juan National Forest by the Veterans Green Corps crew and funded by the Recovery Act includes:
b Pagosa Ranger District/Field Office: Ice Cave Ridge, fuels reduction on 54 acres; Pagosa Lakes Subdivision, fuels reduction on 29 acres; Chimney Rock Archaeological Area, fuels reduction on 89 acres.
b Columbine Ranger District/Field Office: Saul’s Creek, fuels reduction on 100 acres; Tripp Gulch, fuels reduction on 40 acres
b Dolores Public Lands Office: Chicken Creek, ponderosa pine thinning on 104 acres.
These projects were done in coordination with Southwest Conservation Corps.
Source: U.S. Forest Service

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A large slash pile burns Saturday morning on the lower portion of Animas Mountain. The San Juan Public Lands Center has been working to burn the piles assembled by the Veterans Green Corps this summer around Durango.
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Army infantry veteran Mike Bremer lights slash piles Saturday morning on Animas Mountain. Bremer served a tour in Iraq and worked with Veterans Green Corps this summer to create the slash piles.
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LINDSAY EPPICH/Durango Herald
Marine Corps Veteran Ross Schumaker torches a slash pile while another burns behind him. Schumaker served two tours in Iraq, then began working for the Veterans Green Corps.
“You don’t want to see me in an office. I get bored pretty quickly. Before I joined the Army, I was thinking about firefighting. It’s a challenging job physically and mentally. It keeps me busy.”
Sarah Castaneda, Army, one tour in Iraq
“I just wanted a new career. It was a chance to help out my community, and those types of jobs have always been pretty fulfilling – help you sleep well at night.”
Mike Bremer, Army Infantry, one tour in Iraq
“This is the first job I found out here, and I fell in love with it and plan to make it a career. I don’t know what I’d be doing if I wasn’t here.”
Ross Schumaker, Marine Corps, two tours in Iraq
“I knew I liked doing this kind of work, and it seemed like a good fit. I wanted to come to a fun spot like Durango and do something outdoors and meaningful, so it kind of fit the bill.”
Lew Sovocool, Army, tours in Iraq and Afghanistan
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