May 13th, 2021 | [Podcast]: Listen to Zach Foster, Director of the of the Appalachian Conservation Corps talk about the role of reforesting Eastern Kentucky.
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April 25th, 2021 | The Appalachian Conservation Corps has a new summer program and is looking for youth in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County aged 16-18 to get involved. The program is called the “Rockingham Outdoor Conservation Crew” or “ROC Crew” and will be based in Harrisonburg. Crews will work on conservation projects in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.
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April 16th, 2021 | The crew was hired for reforestation thanks to funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and landowner participation in the Virginia Agricultural Cost-Share Program (VACS), and was able to take on the 1.5 days of trail work at Rappahannock County park thanks to funding from the PEC Krebser Fund. The new section is 235 feet of a foot trail that switchbacks on a steep bank, and reconnects to existing trails in the Park. The ACC crew installed masonry and log stairs to stabilize the trail, as well as cleared invasive plant species and brush from the trail’s path.
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March 26, 2021 | Even as the details for implementing President Joe Biden’s executive order establishing a Civilian Climate Corps are still being hammered out, crews from the Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC) are out planting trees in the Rappahannock watershed. Zach Foster, founder and director of the Harrisonburg-based ACC, said the group’s work exemplifies what the newly created national effort is trying to achieve. “They’re out there planting bare root tree seedlings primarily with private landowners who agreed to conservation easements. The whole initiative is basically improving the watershed of the Rappahannock River and making it a more resilient ecosystem,” Foster said.
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March 5,2021 | Werowocomoco rests atop a bluff on a peninsula in the Tidewater region of eastern Virginia, surrounded by marshlands, fields, and forests. It is a lush and verdant place, rich in plant and animal life—but most importantly, rich in Indigenous history and heritage.
Until recently, the site’s exact location was lost to the memory of the tribes who once inhabited it. Now recently rediscovered, Conservation Legacy and the National Park Service are collaborating with Native tribes to learn more about Werowocomoco, incorporate it into the National Park System, and accurately and respectfully interpret it for future visitors.
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November 10, 2020 | VIDEO: What happens to a robust region when a once-thriving industry stops and leaves a community searching for a new identity? For the surrounding area of Chauncey, Ohio, it's growing from the Baileys Trail System. Appalachian Conservation Corps featured on PEARL iZUMi.
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September 8, 2020 | Each year Monongahela National Forest works with non-profit partner Green Forests Work, and a host of other partners, on projects to restore a formerly mined area of the Forest on the border of Randolph and Pocahontas counties called the Mower Tract. This year the Appalachian Conservation Corps was added as our newest partner.
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May 8, 2020 | After four years of planning, the first 14 miles of the Baileys Trail System are on the ground and set to open to the public on May 30, 2020!
This first milestone was made possible through a 2019 National Forest Foundation REI Partnership grant and a Recreational Trails Program grant, and involved the Athens County Foundation, Wayne National Forest, Applied Trails Research, Appalachian Conservation Corps, Athens Bicycle Club, and professional trail builders.
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August 31, 2018 | Conservation Legacy's Great Appalachian Valley Conservation Corps began work in the Monongahela in the Spring of 2018, kickstarting a 2-year-long partnership between GAVCC and the US Forest Service. Crews have contributed over 3,000 hours of hard work on this project.
August 14, 2018 | The Shenandoah Youth Corps is a three-way partnership between Shenandoah, the Great Appalachian Valley Conservation Corps and the Shenandoah Park Trust. The program is designed to give young people a chance to connect with nature and develop a sense of stewardship that can come only from an extended stay in a place like Shenandoah. The program brought 12 young people into the park this summer, split into two four-week sessions.
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