Thomas Crotzer, Los Alamos, N.M.
When choosing an Eagle Scout project, Crotzer knew one thing: It had to be
conservation based. After contacting Bob Parmenter, a biologist for the Valles
Caldera National Preserve, he settled on a plan that would both benefit wildlife
and remove an eyesore. Crotzer organized the removal of 1.5 miles of barbed-
wire fence from the Caldera, which posed a threat to migrating elk. In all,
volunteers hauled away nearly 4 tons of steel, all of which was recycled or
stored for later use. "It was fun to be in a beautiful place that not many people
get to see," says Crotzer. "And it was good to help out the elk herd."