October 25, 2017 | This summer, Penn State student Maggie Kuzemchak ventured far outside of her comfort zone. So far, in fact, that she began the summer by moving to rural South Dakota. “I packed all of my things and moved halfway across the country to live in a small town where I knew no one,” Maggie said.
Source: Penn State News • Stewards Individual PlacementsVisit Article
October 14, 2017 | Mountain Studies Institute and Southwest Conservation Corps continue to wage war against the Russian olive, an invasive species that chokes out native trees and degrades the quality of the watershed.
Source: The Durango Herald • Southwest Conservation CorpsVisit Article
October 13th 2017 | There are some new residents living near Sonoita, thanks to the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Crews released 94 black-tailed prairie dogs at Pima County's Sands Ranch on Friday, Oct. 13.
Source: Tucson News Now • Arizona Conservation CorpsVisit Article
September 29, 2017 | Hikers can now cross a wilderness river with dry feet because brain surgeon Jim Schmidt drove all the way from Portland, Oregon, and with six other volunteers sawed, chiseled, hammered and bolted together logs on the biggest bridge the Camino Real Ranger District of the Carson National Forest of the U.S. Forest Service has built in many years.
Source: The Taos News • Southwest Conservation Corps AlumniVisit Article
Sep 8, 2017 | The Youth Conservation Corps is a program coordinated through the Arizona Conservation Corps that affords young people, typically 17- and 18-year-olds, the opportunity to perform community service and resource conservation through hands-on project work with a variety of land management and community partners, including the Kaibab National Forest.
Source: Arizona Daily Sun • Arizona Conservation CorpsVisit Article
September 1, 2017 | A training for volunteer coordinators from Brazil’s Chico Mendes Institute for the Conservation of Biodiversity were hosted by U.S. Forest Service International Programs and the Pike & San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron & Comanche National Grasslands, which includes the Salida Ranger District.
Source: The Chaffee County Times • Southwest Conservation CorpsVisit Article
August 29, 2017 | As the young adults displayed photos of their project sites to family members and community partners, they spoke of the challenges of long, hot days filled with heavy lifting and technical rock and fence work. They also recalled the camaraderie developed on four- and eight-day “spikes,” camping, cooking and hanging out with their crewmates. Several were close to tears as they told of gaining confidence and making lifelong friends.
Source: White Mountain Independent • Arizona Conservation CorpsVisit Article
August 19, 2017 | On this day, an overcast, relatively cool Friday morning earlier this month, the Farm Corps crew is working a 1.5-acre field just off Pueblo Road in Acomita, a village at Acoma Pueblo, about 60 miles west of Albuquerque. The field is planted with Acoma white corn, Hopi yellow watermelons and Acoma pumpkins.
Source: Albuquerque Journal • Ancestral LandsVisit Article
August 7, 2017 | A bit less than 2 miles from the Columbine Canyon Trailhead a group of young people are 18 total days into a project to rebuild the bridge at the third river crossing (the fourth, if you count the small crossing over Deer Creek) on the Columbine Canyon Trail accessed via the canyon between Red River and Questa.
Source: Sangre de Cristo Chronicle • Southwest Conservation CorpsVisit Article
August 4, 2017 | As I watched the activity within this group, witnessing expanding connections between the inspired participants, I was reminded—yet again—of the reverence Indigenous people have for this Earth, and how it is typically instilled as soon as a small child begins to comprehend.
Source: National Geographic Blog • Ancestral LandsVisit Article