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    Appomattox Court House National Historical Park hosts crews to improve trails

    August 7, 2019 | The Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC) partners with land management agencies and organizations to accomplish critical conservation projects while providing young adults an opportunity to learn about land management issues and challenges. Participants from across the United States have been working together throughout the summer on a variety of assignments on public lands including the trails at Appomattox Court House NHP.

    Source: ABC 13 News • Appalachian Conservation Corps

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    HistoriCorps, Forest Service, Volunteers Saving Brolliar Cabin

    Arizona Conservation Corps

    August 2, 2019 | Volunteer crews led by HistoriCorps, a nationally recognized non-profit organization, have been working to preserve the Brolliar Park Cabin this summer. The historic cabin, built by one of Arizona’s last homesteaders, is located in the Coconino National Forest south of Mormon Lake.

    The award-winning group, which works to save historical structures on public lands around the nation, collaborated with the Coconino National Forest on the four-week project.

    Source: Flagstaff Business News • Arizona Conservation Corps

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    Generating STEAM in Arizona: Cultivating a New Generation of Forest Champions

    Arizona Conservation Corps

    August 2, 2019 | In Tucson, the National Forest Foundation, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and Arizona Conservation Corps is piloting a novel approach to traditional outdoor education curricula called the Earth Conservation Experience (ECE). The program connects high school students to their backyard forest by blending their individual interests in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) with their digital and online worlds.

    Source: National Forest Foundation • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum • Arizona Conservation Corps

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    Kaibab National Forest employee recognized for unifying partners in technology development and data sharing

    Arizona Conservation Corps

    August 1, 2019 | A Kaibab National Forest employee was recently recognized for his efforts to bring together diverse stakeholders from across the state to support cooperative investments in technology and to promote data-sharing partnerships.

    Mark Christiano, who serves as the forest's geographic information systems coordinator, was the recipient of the Regional Forester's Innovation in Technology Award for the Southwestern Region of the Forest Service.

    Source: US Forest Service • Arizona Conservation Corps

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    'This is what we do': Flagstaff residents help one another prepare for disaster

    Arizona Conservation Corps

    July 26, 2019 | FLAGSTAFF — At night, when winds are calm, the smoke subsides, revealing a mosaic of orange flames that glows like stars — a galaxy of destruction cradled by the dark mountains sitting below the twinkling night sky.

    Mayor Coral Evans saw a similar sight when she was a child... She knows what kind of devastation these fires can cause, long after the flames are out.

    Thanks to the quick response from firefighters and some rain, the Museum Fire is nowhere near as intense as the Radio Fire, the 2010 Schultz Fire and some others in recent memory, and the community is grateful for their work.

    Source: AZ Central • Arizona Conservation Corps

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    Nonprofits help mitigate spread of weeds around 416 Fire burn area

    Southwest Conservation Corps

    July 26, 2019 | Southwest Conservation Corps and Mountain Studies Institute have partnered on a project to help landowners mitigate weed growth that came as a result of the 416 Fire.

    A work crew from Southwest Conservation Corps sprayed herbicide Monday on invasive plants that sprouted in full force after last year’s 416 Fire burned 54,000 acres north of Durango. More than 100 private lots were sprayed with herbicide, including homes by Trimble Hot Springs and the Falls Creek subdivision.

    SCC and MSI hope to control the spread of invasive plants that took root as a result of last summer’s fire, and SCC hopes to position itself as a local resource to help with future initiatives of this kind.

    Source: The Journal Durango • Southwest Conservation Corps

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    Can trees grow on mine waste rock piles?

    Southwest Conservation Corps

    July 24, 2019 | The U.S. Forest Service has embarked on a bit of a science experiment this summer, to see if trees, willows and other vegetation are able to take root on a waste pile near the Brooklyn Mine, located on a mountainside northwest of Silverton, said Gretchen Fitzgerald, a forester with the agency.

    “Not much has been done with this waste rock,” Fitzgerald said. “But I wanted to try this.”

    If successful, the project could have beneficial effects on water quality and set a precedent for the future restoration of toxic areas.

    Source: Durango Herald • Southwest Conservation Corps

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    USFS receives funding for Upper Pole Creek

    Southwest Conservation Corps

    July 12, 2019 | CREEDE— According to a press release provided by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission, the organization recently approved $4.547 million to fund work on several OHV trails in the state, including one close to Creede— Upper Pole Creek.

    Source: Mineral County Miner • Southwest Conservation Corps

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    Conservation Corps works on Ranch

    Southwest Conservation Corps

    July 9, 2019 | Crews from Southwest Conservation Corps will be working on the maintenance and construction of trails on the Alamosa City Ranch. The crews will be here July 8-12 and July 22-26. They will be camping on city property at the North River Pavilion, just north of the Alamosa Disc Golf Course, during these times. The crews are paid through a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado and funded by the Colorado Lottery.

    Source: Valley Courier • Southwest Conservation Corps

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    Mountain Studies Institute offers invasive weed control assistance

    Southwest Conservation Corps

    July 4, 2019 | Mountain Studies Institute and Southwest Conservation Corps have received funding from the Colorado Water Conservation Board to assist landowners with control of invasive weed infestation as a result of impacts from the 416 Fire.

    Source: Durango Herald • Southwest Conservation Corps

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