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    Riverside Stories | Emily Kasyon

    Southwest Conservation Corps

    February 12, 2019 | RiversEdge West captures the human spirit of riparian (riverside) restoration in their Riverside Stories series. In this video, we meet Emily Kasyon, Watershed Program Coordinator for the Southwest Conservation Corps. Emily dedicates her time to managing invasive plants like tamarisk along the stunning Dolores River in Colorado. She often finds herself overseeing conservation corps crew members who use chainsaws and herbicide to reduce invasive plant populations, as well as monitoring and reestablishing native plants along this river corridor for the benefit of the community and wildlife, alike. This work plays into a larger collaborative effort to restore the Dolores River's riparian ecosystem which is being led by the Dolores River Restoration Partnership and RiversEdge West.

    Source: River Edge West • Southwest Conservation Corps

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    Marshall Masayesva’s Mission to Create a Conservation Corps for Hopi Youth

    Ancestral Lands

    February 7, 2019 | While he was growing up on the arid, remote Hopi Nation in northern Arizona, Marshall Masayesva never paddled a kayak or went backpacking. People who lived in his community spent a lot of time outdoors, but the term “recreation” was seldom uttered; Masayesva never thought of himself as an outdoors person.

    That began to change after high school when Masayesva’s sister encouraged him to get a job in the conservation field. “She wanted me leave the reservation, so she threw an application at me,” he says.

    Source: Canyon Echo • Ancestral Lands Hopi

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    Stewards of the Trails Keeping Grand Canyon Accessible

    Arizona Conservation Corps

    January 4, 2019 | On the “bucket list” for people all over the world is to hike the Grand Canyon, most notably, the Bright Angel and Kaibab Trails. Of the six million-plus annual Grand Canyon visitors, it is estimated less than 7 percent actually hike down into the canyon (only 1 percent to the bottom). Even so, that adds up to 434,000 hikers a year on the corridor trails.  

    Maintaining these popular trails for safe passage are many people who work at times in high heat and low temperatures to ensure hikers and mule riders a safe journey.   

    Source: Flagstaff Business News • Arizona Conservation Corps

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    Commissioners shuffle saddles for 2019

    Southwest Conservation Corps

    December 19, 2018 | CREEDE — The Mineral County Board of County Commissioners passed resolutions, shifted board positions, received a youth program update, discussed property issues and scheduled meetings for 2019 at their Dec. 18 meeting. The board compared calendars and identified meeting dates for the entire year. Chairman Scott Lamb also noted three joint sessions with Creede officials in 2019, starting with a meeting on Jan. 17 at 5 p.m.

    Source: Mineral County Miner • Southwest Conservation Corps

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    Grand Canyon Youth Receives Funding for Habitat Restoration Program with Native American Youth

    Southwest Conservation Corps

    November 13, 2018 | Youth members of Conservation Legacy’s Southwest Conservation Corps Ancestral Lands Program will work with the Grand Canyon Youth guides and mentors to halt and reverse the spread of invasive non-native plant species along the Colorado, San Juan, Escalante, and Dirty Devil Rivers. 

    Source: The National Park Service

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    Conservation Legacy Announces Appointment of Chief Executive Officer

    Conservation Legacy

    For Immediate Release: Durango, Colorado | November 5, 2018

    The Conservation Legacy Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Susan Cimburek as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.

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    Stewards Announces Strategic Partnership with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation

    Stewards Individual Placement Program

    September 13, 2018 | The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation and the Stewards Individual Placement Program announced a strategic partnership to train AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA placements on how to better engage the communities in which they serve.

    Source: The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation • Stewards Individual Placement Program

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    Putting it on the (High)line: Great Appalachian Valley Conservation Corps and the Monongahela National Forest

    Appalachian Conservation Corps

    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.

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    All hands on deck: Over a decade of disaster response and recovery

    Disaster Deployment

    August 27, 2018 | Conservation Legacy has been sending crews on disaster response deployments across the U.S. since 2006. This year is ramping up to be one of our biggest yet. 

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    Corps-to-Fire: Conservation service work as a pathway to wildland firefighting careers

    August 23, 2018 | How does one obtain the experience, training and skillset to be competitive for wildland fire? Conservation Legacy has a long history of creating opportunities for young people and veterans and operates several unique and innovative programs beyond traditional trail crews and individual placements that are designed to support the career path from corps to wildland fire employment. 


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