What Work Do Landforce Crews Do?

A Landforce Crew provides professional level construction, restoration and maintenance services for trails, vacant lots, invasive plants, trees, garden plots, and other habitat and restoration services as needed.

There are four kinds of projects that Landforce crews work on:

For each of these areas, a lot of the training and preparation is very similar. Depending on which type of projects your crew completes, you could be trained in the following skill sets.

Abandoned tire in a forest
Photo credit: Travis Neely

Vacant Land Skill Set

  • Removing dumped items and vegetated overgrowth
  • Planting grass, trees, or flowers
  • Installing simple structures such as fences or benches
  • Cutting grass
  • Maintaining vegetation
  • Watering & weeding plants

Habitat Restoration Skill Set

  • Planting trees
  • Identifying and removing invasive plants
  • Watering, pruning and caring for trees and other plants
  • Building deer protection fences
  • Removing illegal dumping such as tires, rusted cars and shopping carts
  • Stopping polluted mine and stormwater runoff from entering streams and rivers

Trail Skill Set

  • Brushing away excess vegetation
  • Removing debris such as leaves, tree branches, and trash/illegal dumping
  • Sculpting  ground to match natural land contours
  • Preparing path to withstand year round use and/or drainage from rainwater or overflowing streams
  • Rerouting trails to new paths

Stormwater & Green Infrastructure Skill Set

  • Planting rain gardens or bioswales
  • Watering and weeding rain gardens or bioswales
  • Maintaining free flowing water by remedying obstructions
  • Installing permeable pavements
  • Making green roofs
  • Creating containers to collect and slowly drain excess stormwater into the soil
  • Planting trees
  • Building tree boxes
  • Establishing systems to collect and use rainwater
  • Preserving natural landscapes such as forests, floodplains and wetlands

Workforce Development Skill Set

  • Time management
  • Teamwork
  • Safe tool use
  • First aid
  • Conflict resolution
  • Goal-setting skills
  • Budget and banking skills
  • Resume writing
  • Job search and interview skills