More than 300 Utah Leadership Academy (ULA) students from across the state gathered on Wednesday to take part in public lands service projects in the San Rafael Swell. Students from a dozen universities took part in the project hosted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
Service projects that students participated included cleaning the Rochester Rock Art panel, trail maintenance, cleaning camping areas and protecting the endangered San Rafael Cactus. While the group put a lot of work and effort into the project, they also took time to have some fun and enjoy the views offered at the Swell.
“The fun you take is equal to the work you make,” Ahmed Mohsen, BLM Price Field Office Manager, told the students.
Before gearing up for the trek to the Swell, students met at USU Eastern to learn more about the area from BLM employees. Students were then put into groups and given assignments for the day.
“This is your land,” AnnDee Mead, project lead from the BLM Price Field Office, said. “What we put into it, your children will get out of it.”