Inmates, pack string help clean up Colorado wilderness area

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Inmates, pack string help clean up Colorado wilderness area

High-country project removes hazardous rebar, metal cable
U.S. Forest Service “lead packer” Glenn Ryan leads his line of horses and mules with a load of rebar in Mountain Boy Basin on Independence Pass. The rebar was used to build a snow fence in the early 1960s.

Inmates, pack string help clean up Colorado wilderness area

U.S. Forest Service “lead packer” Glenn Ryan leads his line of horses and mules with a load of rebar in Mountain Boy Basin on Independence Pass. The rebar was used to build a snow fence in the early 1960s.

Inmates, pack string help clean up Colorado wilderness area

Independence Pass Foundation Executive Director Karin Teague loads a pannier on a mule during a project to remove rebar and cable from Mountain Boy Basin.

Inmates, pack string help clean up Colorado wilderness area

A Buena Vista Correctional Facility inmate loads a pannier on a mule during an Independence Pass Foundation project to remove rebar and cable from Mountain Boy Basin. The inmates divided the rebar into piles so 60 pounds was on each side of the horses and mules.

Inmates, pack string help clean up Colorado wilderness area

U.S. Forest Service “lead packer” Glenn Ryan takes his line of horses and mules down with a load of rebar on Mountain Boy Basin. The Independence Pass Foundation project removed more than 6.5 tons of rebar and metal cable out of the basin.

Inmates, pack string help clean up Colorado wilderness area

Buena Vista Correctional Facility inmates separate rebar from a snow fence built in the 1960s on Mountain Boy Basin on Independence Pass.
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