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    Southwest Conservation Corps to benefit from Moonlight Monday promotion

    Southwest Conservation Corps

    January 10, 2020 | The Southwest Conservation Corps youth program will be the beneficiary of Moonlight Pizza & Brewpub’s Moonlight Monday promotion on Jan. 20.

    Source: The Mountain Mail • Southwest Conservation Corps

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    GOCO awards grants to local parks

    Southwest Conservation Corps

    January 7, 2020 | ALAMOSA — The Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board awarded a total of  $1,942,586 in youth corps and open space grants to projects in your district.

    The City of Alamosa received a $16,600 youth corps grant to hire Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) to construct and maintain trails on several municipal properties, adding six miles to an existing network of 15 miles of trail. 

    Source: Valley Courier • Southwest Conservation Corps

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    Mentor to students of color steps down from El Centro

    Conservation Legacy

    January 6, 2020 | When Shirena Trujillo Long started 15 years ago as the coordinator of El Centro de Muchos Colores at Fort Lewis College, she was tasked with helping to recruit and retain Hispanic students, an enormous job for a small center.

    Trujillo Long left El Centro at the end of December, but she plans to continue working on equity and inclusion goals as the director of diversity recruitment for Conservation Legacy, a national organization for the nonprofit focused on conservation service projects. Trujillo Long plans to work out of the nonprofit’s Durango offices.

    Source: Durango Herald • Conservation Legacy

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    Conservation Legacy Announces Interim Chief Executive Officer

    For Immediate Release: November 12, 2019 | Durango, Colorado

    Conservation Legacy’s Board of Directors announced today the appointment of current Chief Programs Officer Rob Spath as Interim Chief Executive Officer, effective November 15, 2019.

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    Leading Ladies: Women leading the charge in local conservation

    Southeast Conservation Corps

    November 1, 2019 | Our very own Brenna Kelly, Corps Director of Southeast Conservation Corps, is featured in the Get Out features of the Chattanooga Times Free Press.


    Within the past three issues of Get Out, we have featured a different conservation group's newly hired executive director — and all have been women. That got us wondering, are women leading the local conservation scene? Based on our tally — yes.

    Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press • Southeast Conservation Corps

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    Crews protect riparian habitat and natural waters on the North Kaibab Ranger District

    Ancestral Lands

    October 30, 2019 | Fredonia, Ariz., — The Kaibab National Forest and a Hopi Ancestral Lands Crew, along with personnel from Grand Canyon Trust and the Springs Stewardship Institute are working to protect riparian habitat and natural waters on the North Kaibab Ranger District (NKRD) of the Kaibab National Forest.

    Source: US Forest Service • Ancestral Lands Hopi • Southwest Conservation Corps

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    Volunteers focus on stream cleanup as part of Flagstaff sustainability efforts

    Arizona Conservation Corps

    October 16, 2019 | A local stream cleanup left Flagstaff looking a little cleaner. On Thursday, members of the community put on gloves and grabbed trash bags to collect trash littered along the banks of Sinclair Wash.

    Source: Arizona Daily Sun • Arizona Conservation Corps

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    Invasive Russian olive a nuisance for Colorado, New Mexico

    Southwest Conservation Corps

    October 13, 2019 | The Russian olive – which can grow 35 feet tall – is native to East Asia and Russia and typically overtakes native species, including willows and cottonwoods. It has a vast underground root system, and its stumps can send out shoots if not treated with pesticide. The tree originally was introduced as early as the 1960s as an ornamental plant and also was used as a windbreak.

    MSI has spearheaded Colorado-based efforts to eradicate the plant throughout the Animas River Valley since 2016, often partnering with the Southwest Conservation Corps. In 2017, MSI was awarded a grant from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife for a three-year removal project. The organization estimates it has cleared 290 acres of Russian olives in the Animas River watershed and removed about 4,000 stems.

    Source: The Durango Herald • Southwest Conservation Corps

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    More Than a Wilderness: The San Juan’s Rich Human History

    Ancestral Lands

    October 9, 2019 | There are moments on Utah’s San Juan River when conversations fall silent, the wind calms, and the only sound you can hear is the drip of water off the oars. And in mellow stretches when even rowing is unnecessary, the rafts can be left to twirl beneath towering limestone walls. Time stretches out and seems to come unwound until the piercing call of a peregrine falcon breaks through the silence.

    Source: OARS • Ancestral Lands

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    Duke Energy powers the vitality of natural resources in North Carolina through $800,000 in grants

    Conservation Corps North Carolina

    October 3, 2019 | CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Today Duke Energy announced $807,000 in grant funding from the Duke Energy Foundation to 22 organizations to strengthen the health of our environment and increase access to nature in North Carolina.

    “North Carolina’s natural resources are a state treasure, and by collaborating with our trusted nonprofit partners we can accomplish more to protect and preserve species, habitats and water sources,” said Stephen De May, NC president, Duke Energy. “We’re working to ensure that future generations enjoy and benefit from all that North Carolina’s natural wonders have to offer.”

    Source: Duke Energy News Center • Conservation Corps North Carolina

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