Summer and fall work details included: conducting fire drills, planting trees, constructing roads, cutting firewood, improving streams, restoring fish habitats, rescuing fish during droughts, cutting telephone poles, mitigating white pine blister and gooseberry, constructing game refuges, supporting forest ranger building projects, and building and maintaining telephone lines, campsites, and fire lanes.
All trucks were loaded by hand for road building and construction.
Tree planting was a core duty.
New fire lanes dramatically increased firefighters’ response time.
1936 Mercer Monitor illustration of gooseberry detail
Telephone pole cutting crew posing on their harvest.
All logging was accomplished with hand tools.