AmeriCorps NCCC and Westminster Woods Preventing Fires

Article appeared in the Sonoma County Gazette.

A team of ten AmeriCorps Nation Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members will be serving with Westminster Woods summer camp and conference center from June 3rd until July 16th,. This is the team’s fourth project in their ten-month service commitment to AmeriCorps NCCC, a program celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Westminster Woods has been located on Dutch Bill Creek since 1946 and covers over 200 acres of old-growth Redwoods. During the summer months, Westminster Woods functions as a summer camp that helps spiritual reflection and growth, encourages stewardship of local natural resources through ecological education and strengthens community relationships.

While in Occidental, the NCCC team will be aiding Westminster Woods by helping reduce the possibilities of fires and maintain trails within and surrounding the camp. The team will be removing fallen trees and debris, clearing and maintaining trails, installing steps, improving accessibility and potentially painting cabins.

Madison Martinez, a member of NCCC, said, "After trail building in Washington, I feel like our team is physically prepared for the tasks ahead of us and can really use the knowledge we gained to make a difference. It will be so great working in Northern California, and we can't wait to interact with the community and explore the area." Like Martinez, the rest of the team is eager to hit the ground running and are excited to see how much they can get done in 6 weeks.


The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and its FEMA Corps units engage 2,800 young Americans in a full-time, 10-month commitment to service each year. The program is currently celebrating their 20th Anniversary.  AmeriCorps NCCC members address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, and urban and rural development; FEMA Corps members are solely dedicated to disaster preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery work. The programs are administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS is the federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit


AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps Pacific Region
3427 Laurel Street, McClellan, CA 95652     
~Phone:  (916) 640-0306    
~  Fax:  (916) 640-0318


(Caption for the picture: First row R to L: Thomas Davis, Caleb Brown, Alicia Mullings, Haley Howe. Second Row: Madison Martinez, John Akers, Alex Lomas, Jyler Donovan, Chelsea Browning-Bohannah. Standing: Team Leader Lauren Anderson. )