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    Upper Cathedral Rock Trail Reconstruction Project

    Arizona Conservation Corps

    February 1st, 2022 | This year the Forest Service started a major reconstruction project on the popular Cathedral Rock Trail. This project is tackling deferred maintenance on a trail unlike any other on the Coconino National Forest. As the Forest’s second busiest trail, and located in a sensitive place by Oak Creek, the project is needed to protect watershed health and to provide an enduring high-quality experience for trail users.

    Source: The Villager

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    ‘Like witnessing a birth in a morgue’: the volunteers working to save the Joshua trees

    Arizona Conservation Corps

    January 20th, 2022 | The 18 people spending their day (or days, in some cases) with the trees included civilians from all walks of life, members of the Arizona and Nevada Conservation Corps, and a group of women who brought along two pack camels to help carry baby Joshua trees through some of the more treacherous terrain. Joshua trees typically have a lifespan of 150 years; if all goes according to plan, these saplings will become a fixture of the preserve for a long, long time.

    Source: The Guardian

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  • Bison stand in a field and drink water from a drinking hole

    Environmental Year in Review: Fires, flooding and forest restoration in Flagstaff

    Arizona Conservation Corps

    December 26th, 2021 | Climate change was again a major focus in Flagstaff in 2021 and the region saw the effects firsthand with a summer of extreme wildfires. The community moved forward on critical climate regulations and worked proactively to curb the severity of future issues, with some drawing public criticism.

    Source: Arizona Daily Sun

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  • Two crew members rake the grass and soil on a hill

    Trails reopen but hazards remain after Bighorn Fire north of Tucson

    Arizona Conservation Corps

    Dec 22, 2021 | After Bighorn burned almost 120,000 acres between June 5 and July 23, 2020, the Forest Service closed the burn scar area to the public including almost 207 miles of trails. A combination of nonprofit group work, grant-funded conservation corps, and Forest Service staff work has steadily opened more trail sections over the past year.

    Source: Arizona Daily Star

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    Feds make Oak Creek a ‘critical’ snake habitat

    Arizona Conservation Corps

    November 10th, 2021 | When a group of Arizona Conservation Corps workers were performing trail maintenance in upper Oak Creek Canyon last month, they came upon a rare sight next to an unofficial trail: Five olive gray snakes with faint reddish spots intertwined in courtship.

    Source: Red Rock News

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    You Have To Be High Intensity

    Arizona Conservation Corps

    November 10th, 2021 | Arizona Conservation Corps crew members are working with Cocopah to reduce the risk of wildfires and restore the habitat on the west reservation.

    Source: Cocopah Now

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  • Two crew members pass off a large rock in desert canyon

    Crews close social trails, a bane of erosion, E. Coli and ecosystem impacts, along Oak Creek

    Arizona Conservation Corps

    October 22, 2021 | "This week, a group of Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC) members completed the second phase of a project that officials hope will rehabilitate many areas along the corridor that have been hit hard by visitors, improve water quality in the creek and protect habitat for the threatened narrow-headed garter snake.

    The project, a collaboration between countless groups including the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, National Forest Foundation, Coconino National Forest’s Red Rock District and the AZCC, seeks to close hundreds of unofficial social trails that crisscross the area between the highway and the creek."

    Source: Arizona Daily Sun

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  • Two people stand below a saguaro with loppers

    Saguaro census shows more giants, low reproduction in namesake park

    Arizona Conservation Corps

    August 3rd, 2021 | Participants ranged from environmentalists to electric utility employees, high school students to hiking groups for retirees and snowbirds. Luckily, Swann said, most of the counting was finished by last March, when the pandemic shut down such group activities.

    The few remaining plots were surveyed later in the spring by park interns and crews from groups like the Arizona Conservation Corps.

    Source: https://tucson.com/news/local/saguaro-census-shows-more-giants-low-reproduction-in-namesake-park/article_c659cb2d-ddef-5371-b5a3-abe351f886ad.html

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    A New Program Like FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corps Could Help the Nation Fight Climate Change and Transition to Renewable Energy

    Arizona Conservation Corps

    April 26, 2021 | Solving big problems with a huge workforce making lots of small contributions is the crux of an idea kicking around Washington to take on some of the most challenging issues of our times: reimagining the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps. The Biden White House and members of Congress want to tweak that concept to help rebuild the nation’s workforce in a stumbling economy while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions and facilitating the transition to clean energy.

    Source: Inside Climate News

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    Letter to the Editor: A look at the benefits of a 'more ambitious' Civilian Climate Corps

    Arizona Conservation Corps

    April 25th, 2021 | As a young person, the CCC would make a huge difference for people like me. Over the summer, I had the privilege of working as a corps member for the AZ Conservation Corps. Not only was I able to contribute to bettering the natural world, but I made lifelong connections with a group of people from diverse backgrounds, and I am grateful for that. Most importantly for the impact of this bill, I got a job with AZCC when I was not able to find a job anywhere else. Providing young people with meaningful and impactful jobs is a recipe for personal success and for ensuring the health and well-being of our communities.

    (via Jacob Moul - Arizona Conservation Corps Alumni)

    Source: Arizona Daily Sun

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