Blazing a Trail in a National Park
Two months of planning culminated on Saturday September 30th, 2006 with the construction of more than a mile of hiking trails adjacent to Amistad Reservoir. Had it not been for the initiative of four SCA Research Associates, all recruited and hired from the local community of Del Rio, Texas this project would never have happened. Funny thing though - they weren’t hired to build a trail.
All four SCA members are assigned to the Education and Resources Management Division at Amistad National Recreation Area. Jack Johnson is the archeological intern for the Cultural Resources Program. Shannon Garard is the museum curator intern, also working with Cultural Resources. Melissa Webster is the division’s cultural resources web intern while Amber Beamer is an education intern who teaches monarch butterfly awareness at local schools. Two months ago –not one of them knew anything about trail building; but as they all frequently said “where there’s a will, there is always a way.”