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    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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  • Corps members cut and throw wood onto a woodpile

    Warm Memories & Cooler Climates

    Ancestral Lands

    December 10th, 2021 | Sprinkled among the tall grasses, wildflowers, and Bebb’s willows (the southernmost stand of Bebbs in the world) are 20 or so 20-somethings, all Hopi and Tewa. Like Manuel, they are workers for Ancestral Lands, an Indigenous conservation corps tasked with removing waste wood from sunny Hart Prairie, a wide open meadow near Flagstaff, Arizona. Above them is the rugged skyline of the San Francisco Peaks, known as Nuva’tukya’ovi, or “The Place of Snow on the Very Top,” to Manuel’s people.

    Source: National Forests Foundation

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  • Young child holds fish that he caught up for the camera

    Kansas City-based show is diversifying the outdoors one episode at a time

    December 9th, 2021 | "We were that silent majority of people that were funding this outdoor space because we were still buying all this equipment," Hubbard said. "So we focused on saying, 'Hey, not only are we here, but we want to see people out there working these jobs that look like us.' "

    Source: Kansas City Star

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    Conservation Legacy Announces Elwood York Jr. as New Chief Executive Officer

    Conservation Legacy

    December 6, 2021 | Durango, Colorado—Conservation Legacy Chairman and former US Department of Agriculture Deputy Undersecretary Butch Blazer announced Elwood York as the new Chief Executive Officer today.

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  • Two people cut down a christmas tree

    Feel good about your Christmas tree with help from Southwest Colorado conservation group

    Southwest Conservation Corps

    November 29th, 2021 | “At the scale of things that we need to do, we can’t really address them just as an agency,” said Tim Leishman, a silviculturist with San Juan National Forest’s Columbine Ranger District. “We have to have groups like Mountain Studies Institute, San Juan Mountains Association, Southwest Conservation Corps and other groups really help us meet those goals.”

    Source: Durango Herald

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  • Photo of a creek lined with trees

    115-acre park in northwest Guilford County will serve equestrians, hikers and help protect Greensboro's water supply

    November 29th, 2021 | “These are designed to be sustainably-built, purpose-built horse trails, so they’re not just putting horse trails on old logging roads or ATV trails,” McIntyre continued. “It’s really considering the impact of horses because they have a different impact on trails than humans.”

    Source: News & Record

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  • SECC Womens crew poses in front of Daniel Boone National Forest sign

    Women at Work: All-female crew rebuilds campsites on Daniel Boone National Forest

    Southeast Conservation Corps

    November 26th, 2021 | Through partnership with the Southeast Conservation Corps, the Daniel Boone National Forest was privileged to host a 14 member all-female trail crew earlier this fall. The crew spent eight weeks rebuilding campsites, constructing a quarter mile of trail and completing other necessary maintenance work on the Forest’s popular Bee Rock Campground on the London Ranger District. Their work was instrumental in restoring the severely flood-damaged campground.

    Source: 91.3 WUKY

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  • THANK YOU: Trails Volunteers & Partner Organizations

    November 25th, 2022 | To our volunteers and partners, we sincerely thank you for your contributions to the trails and wilderness of the Prescott National Forest during the last year. Volunteers donated over 4,000 hours resulting in 284 miles of trails maintained and over 20 miles of trail constructed in 2021. Your dedication to the safety, sustainability and enjoyment of our trails is greatly appreciated by all who use them.

    Source: Prescott News

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  • Crew member carries a log

    National Park Foundation Celebrates Resilience and Contributions of Service Corps Programs and Crew Members

    November 23rd, 2021 | Today, in honor of the season of gratitude, the National Park Foundation announced its continued investment in service corps programs at national parks across the country. During fiscal year 2021, the National Park Foundation awarded over $3.4 million to service corps projects ranging from invasive species removal to historical preservation to trail restoration.

    Source: Cision PR Newswire

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