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    Club wins USFS service award

    Southwest Conservation Corps

    April 29, 2019 | Four local organizations were nominated for Forest Service awards: Colorado Mountain Club was awarded the Leadership Award, Southwest Conservation Corps in the Cultural Diversity category, the Colorado Trail Foundation in the Enduring Service category and Central Colorado Mountain Riders in the Citizen Stewardship & Partnerships category.

    Source: The Mountain Mail • Southwest Conservation Corps

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    A Perspective on the Lower Gila River Ethnographic and Archaeological Project

    Ancestral Lands

    April 22, 2019 | Read about Skylar Begay and his journey from leading crews across Arizona to working as an Archaeology Intern with Dr. Aaron Wright.

    "I began work on the Lower Gila River Ethnographic and Archaeological Project (LGREAP) with Dr. Aaron Wright on February 6, 2019, as part of the Arizona Conservation Corps’ Individual Placement program. This day would mark the first of my experience as part of an archaeological project. Prior to this, I had led AZCC crews all over Arizona, from Saguaro National Park all the way up to Grand Canyon National Park. In that time, my crew and I had done some work for Grand Canyon National Park’s Tusayan Ruins to protect and preserve a kiva and other architectural remnants there. Aside from that small project, I had little to no experience in anything archaeological."

    Source: Archaeology Southwest • Ancestral Lands Hopi

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    Around the Town: Celebrate Earth Day at Bushmaster Park

    Arizona Conservation Corps

    April 18, 2019 | Throughout Saturday, there will be a number of free Earth Day events at Bushmaster Park, 3150 N. Alta Vista., including workshops, lectures and giveaways along with live music. Performances will begin at 11 a.m. and include Sambatuque, F-Town Sound, and FoxyKoshka. Kids can explore the PALS Mobile, Learn how to ride a Mountain Line and find Climate Solutions with a scavenger hunt.

    Source: Arizona Daily Sun • Arizona Conservation Corps

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    Guest column: 2019 First Mesa annual Earth Day clean-up in Polacca

    Ancestral Lands

    April 16, 2019 | During last year’s First Mesa Annual Clean-up event residents from Polacca, Arizona, picked up and hauled away over 10 tons of trash that was cleared from the sides and top of the mesa and around their homes.

    The cleaning on the mesa top went fairly quickly, but when concentrated efforts moved to the sides of the mesa, clean-up efforts almost came to a complete standstill directly behind Tewa Village. Years of illegal dumping over the sides revealed layers of trash almost three feet deep in some areas.

    Source: Navajo Hopi Observer • Ancestral Lands Hopi

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    Calling All TITANs: Nissan donates “Ultimate Parks TITAN” to Grand Canyon Service Conservancy through partnership with National Park Foundation

    Partnerships

    April 16, 2019 | In the Grand Canyon’s 100th year anniversary as a national park, there is another cause for celebration. Nissan today revealed the Ultimate Parks TITAN, a purpose-built park support vehicle that will be donated to the Grand Canyon Conservancy through Nissan TITAN’s partnership with the National Park Foundation.

    The Ultimate Parks TITAN will be used to assist the organization’s Canyon Field School, a partnership between Grand Canyon Conservancy and the National Park Service that offers unique opportunities for youth to experience the great outdoors in the heights and depths of Grand Canyon National Park. Also through Nissan TITAN’s support, the Arizona Conservation Corps becomes a grantee of the National Park Foundation and will work to repair trails and park infrastructure at Grand Canyon National Park this summer.

    Source: Yahoo News • Conservation Legacy • Arizona Conservation Corps

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    Compañeros: Four Corners Immigrant Resource Center looks to grow

    Southwest Conservation Corps

    March 13, 2019 | Matt Karkut, the new executive director at Compañeros: Four Corners Immigrant Resource Center in Durango, is looking to strengthen and expand programs and services as well as revamp the organization’s dated website.

    “We are hoping to grow,” Karkut said. “We’ve always been a small organization, and we’d like to increase staff and provide more classes, programs and services for immigrants.”

    Source: Durango Journal • Southwest Conservation Corps

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    Know a young person looking for a job? This new initiative is for them. And you.

    Ancestral Lands

    April 11, 2019 | Young people searching for work can often get stuck because they lack a powerful network of adults to advise them and connect them with ideas and opportunities. A major new national campaign that launched this week aims to help young people make those connections.

    Led by the America's Promise Alliance, which long has focused on high school graduation issuesthe "YES Project"—short for Young, Employed and Successful—brings together more than 450 organizations across the country that work in education, business, philanthropy, and youth development. The idea is that they'd all contribute to a brain trust to help young adults develop the skills, connections, and support to find—and succeed in—jobs.

    Source: Education Week Blog • Ancestral Lands

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    Flagstaff Trailheads: Wildlife joys, and celebrating Earth Day in Flag

    Arizona Conservation Corps

    April 8, 2019 | "One of the many remarkable actualities about a hike in the Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve is the ever-present opportunity to be awed by wildlife. I've been surprised by elk sightings there, but the time I witnessed a herd of 10 - six of which being fawns - moving quietly through the woods was a truly marvelous moment."

    Source: Arizona Daily Sun • Arizona Conservation Corps

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    Recreation in Balance leadership team brings brainpower, technology, shared passion to protection of Ark Valley Recreation

    Southwest Conservation Corps

    April 3, 2019 | The county’s Recreation in Balance (RiB) leadership team gathered at the United States Forest Service (USFS) office in Salida April 2, to discuss the RiB program, a component of the Common Ground program funded by voters last November when ballot issue 1A passed. Cindy Williams, board president of the Central Colorado Conservancy (CCC), facilitated the meeting, which focused on the creation and rollout of the RIMS smartphone application and assessment criteria.

    Source: Ark Valley Voice • Southwest Conservation Corps

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    April 2 is National Service Recognition Day

    Stewards Individual Placement Program

    April 1, 2019 | Beckley Mayor Rob Rappold has declared April 2, 2019, as National Service Recognition Day in Beckley. “National Service is a vital resource for Beckley," Rappold said Monday at his office as he made the proclamation. “AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers make our counties better places to live.

    "As mayor of Beckley, I am grateful for the dedication and sacrifice of these exceptional citizens, who are helping make Beckley stronger, safer and healthier."

    Rappold joined thousands of other local leaders across the county who are part of a national, bipartisan effort to highlight the impact of national service in tackling local problems, according to April Elkins Badtke, Interim Executive Director of Stewards Individual Placement Program.

    Source: Beckley Register-Herald • Stewards Individual Placement Program

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