18 aug 2015. After last week’s outing in Castlewellan Forest working with the Mourne Mountain Bike Ranger to repair a section of the mountain bike trails (and a training session on the bikes) it was back into the mountains this week for the Youth Ranger Team. We did a survey of the condition of the vegetation in the Wildfire Management Zone below Ben Crom which has been managed by controlled burning and grazing since last winter. We set up transects and recorded GPS located quadrat sites which will be used to monitor changes to the vegetation. We had a brief spell of clearing Bracken from the site but with temperatures in the 20’s for a change it was hard work and we finished up earlier than usual.