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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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    Appalachian Conservation Corps opens new program in Harrisonburg

    Appalachian Conservation Corps

    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.

    Source: WHSV 3

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    9 months after Bighorn Fire, wilderness trail hazards, closures remain

    Arizona Conservation Corps

    April 22nd, 2021 | Hikers flock to the rugged Santa Catalina mountains north of Tucson, but many trails are still off limits in the wake of last year’s Bighorn Fire. Most trails remain closed within the burn scar of the 119,987-acre Bighorn Fire, which raged from June 5 through July 23. Some trails are within Pusch Ridge Wilderness on the southwest flank of the mountains, and others are north or east of the wilderness.

    Source: Tucson.com

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    Volunteers plant trees in the 416 Fire burn area

    Southwest Conservation Corps

    April 17th, 2021 | 52 volunteers registered for the event, many of whom were excited because they have wanted to do something to help the burn area heal for a long time, and Saturday was the first day the public has been invited to plant trees there. The group had secured 900 trees – 600 ponderosa pine and 300 Douglas firs – to plant in the burn area. By about 11 a.m., all of the trees had been planted.

    Source: The Durango Herald

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    Now you can walk the brand-new river trail loop at the Rappahannock County park

    Appalachian Conservation Corps

    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.

    Source: Rappahannock News

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    A New Deal Jobs Program Returns in Biden’s Infrastructure Plan

    April 9, 2021 | One provision of the American Jobs Plan would devote $10 billion to creating a Civilian Climate Corps. In his vision, the new CCC will have temporary, part-time, and full-time positions, and they can also transition to permanent positions in the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and other federal agencies. The new corps will likely build on existing infrastructure across the country, such as the Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA), which especially focuses on hiring in forestry. The organization, established in 1997, is modeled after New Deal programs.

    Source: The American Prospect

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    Woman at Work: Brenna Kelly

    April 6, 2021 | "So many times over the years, I have heard young women say that this work seems so interesting, but they wonder if they are "strong enough" to do the physical work and "tough enough" to endure the lifestyle. On the flip side, I have not once heard a young man utter these words of self doubt. So, I do my best to be encouraging and supportive to this type of opportunity for all of us who are underrepresented in the field of conservation and recreation."

    Source: Dovetail Workwear

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    Conservation group make trail improvements at Stanback Forest

    Conservation Corps North Carolina

    April 1st, 2021 | Conservation Corps North Carolina, which dispatches teams to improve parks across the state, sent six people to the forest this week to improve the trails. They’ll be back in Spencer next week, too, to keep working. The goal, assistant crew leader Lillian Cahill said, is to make hiking trails more sustainable so maintenance isn’t as necessary in the future. The workers in Spencer have been building trails by hand, including new switchbacks at the trail off Rowan Avenue to replace the entrance that went straight back into the forest.

    Source: Salisbury Post

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    Lula Lake Land Trust Builds 3.5 Miles Of New Trail During The Pandemic; Another 12 Miles Of Trail On The Drawing Board

    Southeast Conservation Corps

    March 29, 2021 | The Lula Lake Land Trust, with COVID-19 shutting down its fundraisers, opted to build a new trail during the down time. With the help of many trail volunteers and donors, a large portion of a planned new five-mile trail has been completed.

    Source: The Chattanoogan.com

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    Area environmental groups hoping for boost from Biden executive order

    Appalachian Conservation Corps

    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.

    Source: The Citizen

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