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  • Rodney works on a project back facing camera

    Rodney's Experience

    January 24th, 2022 | Hear more about Rodney Flora's experience with the Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program.

    Source: The National Park Service

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    Frameworks for the Civilian Climate Corps

    For decades, the need for action on climate change and the need to address local Environmental Justice issues have driven a network of nonprofits to develop a series of programs that reduce carbon emissions, increase carbon sequestration, and improve climate resilience, while improving quality of life and creating opportunity for the most vulnerable residents. As the Department of the Interior develops a strategy for the Biden Administration for the Civilian Climate Corps, we respectfully submit the principles and models these Corps and partner organizations have developed for consideration.

    Source: Green Spaces Chattanooga

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  • Joshua trees with mountains in the background

    ‘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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    HCLT AmeriCorp volunteer lends helping hand in community

    Conservation Corps North Carolina

    January 20th, 2022 | Asheville native and Western Carolina University grad Stephanie Dillingham is spending her time post graduation in Highlands serving the Highlands Cashiers Land Trust maintaining trails and organizing educational efforts through AmeriCorps.

    Source: The Highlander

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  • Masked group of volunteers standing in a field

    Like Water

    Stewards Individual Placement Program

    January 18th, 2022 | Working for a conservation nonprofit during the COVID-19 pandemic has shown me how much we are like water. Like water, our society has had to adapt to fill the container we put ourselves in. We are in the midst of a pandemic, so we adapt by changing how we work, and changing how we view work too. We have adopted better systems for showing up, doing what we can with the resources we have, and changing plans to keep ourselves and our volunteers safe.

    Source: The Field Guide Blog

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  • An axe laying on a fall forest floor

    Hemlocks and Why

    Southeast Conservation Corps

    January 3rd, 2022 | There are two dangers inherent in trimming brush, and at the moment I am confronting both of them. The first is physical fatigue, the strains and overuse injuries stemming from bending too much from the back, from swinging too much with the wrist. The second is tedium, a side effect of bending and sweeping for hours in silence with little more than a stiff breeze and the chance of autumn rain for company. The first I mitigate by bending from the knees, using my core, drinking water. For the second, I attempt to create meaning out of monotony. I reach out with the loppers, clip a beech limb, bend to collect it from the ground, toss it into the undergrowth. Reach, clip, bend, toss. The motions build upon each other like waves, or maybe better, like tree rings, or the seasons that etch them into the cross section of each young tree I cut.

    Source: The Field Guide Blog

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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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  • Forest overlook, hills in the background

    Black leadership advances new trails project in Pisgah National Forest

    Conservation Corps North Carolina

    December 20th, 2021 | A Black community situated at the base of the Blue Ridge escarpment in McDowell County is taking a leading role in developing an ambitious trail project in Pisgah National Forest.

    Work is slated to begin later this year on the Old Fort Trails Project, which will create roughly 42 miles of new sustainably constructed trails to improve community connectivity, reduce barriers to access, and support environmental and social sustainability.

    Source: Carolina Public Press

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  • Four people stand on a log pile

    Wood For Life Tribal Fuelwood Initiative

    Ancestral Lands

    December 20th, 2021 | Working with the Forest Service, Tribal governments and communities, Ancestral Lands conservation corps, and other partners, we are connecting small diameter timber from restoration projects led by NFF and the Forest Service with Tribal partners who split the wood and provide it to elders and other community members.

    Source: National Forest Foundation

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