We kicked off our first project at Sapphire Point, where the YFS crew helped us tackle some restoration work on one of the most popular trails in the county. With the hoards of people that are up there daily, it’s no surprise that the entire slope is eroding down the mountain from repeated and heavy off-trail travel. For the past few years, FDRD has been working on improving the tread maintenance to prevent erosion, and restoring the surrounding ecosystems back to their original state. During our Sapphire Point YFS project, the crew constructed 60 feet of buck and rail fence, lining the recently improved trail. The fence starts from the overlook and extends towards the parking lot. This area is heavily trafficked and the new fence will help keep hikers from romping off trail. During fence construction, youth learned valuable skills like how to use power tools safely and how proper measurements ensure structural stability of a fence.