Minimum-security inmates serve their time working in the Cascade Mountains
The Oregon Department of Corrections is using the wilderness to help inmates and inmates to help the wilderness, notes Women in Natural Resources (Summer 1999). Using a mobile prison camp, corrections officials last summer transported 85 minimum-security inmates to the Cascade Mountains for eight weeks of pulling noxious weeds, clearing brush, and stacking wood. The project, besides providing free labor for a labor-intensive operation, offers prisoners opportunities to learn forestry skills. Twenty-five inmates who were trained to use chain saws subsequently became certified sawyers. Hacksaw training apparently was not offered.