California Conservation Corps' Annual Volunteer Day Targets 14 Environmental Projects Throughout State

Press Release from California Conservation Corps Foundation

For Immediate Release                              
October 9, 2014                                             

Contacts:

Paul Carrillo, Exec. Dir., CCCF                                                                       
(916) 475-4572 (
info@cccfoundation.net)

Martha Diepenbrock, CCC Dir. Ext. Affairs
(510) 520-0108 (Martha.diepenbrock@ccc.ca.gov)

Hundreds of volunteers from the California Conservation Corps, nonprofit groups and California businesses are joining forces on Saturday, October 18, to work on environmental projects from Humboldt County to San Diego that promise to have high impact on local communities.

Many of the corpsmember volunteers were on CCC teams that devoted nearly 280,000 hours to firefighting and logistical support for Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service as they battled more than 50 different fires throughout the state since July 1.  Crews from every CCC center, along with most of the satellite locations, participated in firefighting efforts. 

A project of the CCC Foundation, the Corps’ third annual Volunteer Day also is designed to raise awareness and visibility of conservation efforts throughout the state. Media/photo opportunities are available at each location. 

Projects, chosen by participating CCC centers, include:

Humboldt County – Fortuna Center corpsmembers will partner with Friends of the Dune in dune restoration, native planting and trail maintenance at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center, 220 Stamps Lane, Manila.  8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Contact: Larry Notheis, Center Director, 707 725 5106 .     

Shasta County  – Redding Center Volunteers will spruce up cut grass, remove fencing, level gravel caps and pour concrete curbing at the Parkville Pioneer Cemetery, 6121 Parkville Road,  in Anderson. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Contact: Scott Wolsey, 530 241 3030.  Paul Carrillo (day of event) 916 475 4572.  NOTE:  This event has been postponed until November (date to be announced), because many Redding Center corpsmembers are engaged in firefighting and logistical support.

Mendocino County – Ukiah Center corpsmembers will be redefining trails and providing general cleanup at the Redwood Valley Education Center, Pinecrest Drive, Redwood Valley, in Ukiah.  9 a.m.-1 p.m. Contact: Jimmy Galvan/Cathy Barr 707 463 2822. Tom Riley (day of event), 916 266 1565.

Sacramento County – Greenwood Center corpsmembers provide habitat for pollinators and songbirds and help with ground preparation for the pollinator garden site at Leataata Elementary School, 401 McClatchy Way, in Sacramento.  9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Contact: Marie Mijares 530 823 4075.  Steve Swatt (day of event), 916 849 8000.

El Dorado County – Greenwood Center corpsmembers will construct schoolyard habitat, clear and level ground, build trail causeways, plant trees and shrubs and install drip irrigation system at Sutter Mill Elementary School, 4801Luneman Road, Placerville.  9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Contact: Brian Lussier 530 823 4075.

El Dorado County – Greenwood Center corpsmembers will clear trail corridors, prepare area for community farm and native plant nursery site, clean up historic structures, gardens and orchards at the Wakamatsu Colony Farm, 941 Cold Spring Rd., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Contact:  Brian Lussier 530 823 4075

El Dorado County – Tahoe Center corpsmembers will be rebuilding the obstacle course at Bijou Park, 1099 Al Tahoe Blvd., in South Lake Tahoe.  9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Contact: John Martinez 530 0850.

Santa Cruz County – Corpsmembers from the Monterey Bay Center will be pulling poison hemlock and other invasive weeds, mulching and planting at the Wetlands Restoration Project in Watsonville (Meet at 1810 Main Street).  9 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact: Brenda Burks-Herrmann 831 768 0150 x202. Kevin O’Rourke (day of event) 707 249 5356

San Luis Obispo County – Los Padres Center corpsmembers will be providing trail construction, brush clearing, fence mending and trash removal at the Pismo Preserve Trail.  Highway 101 and Price Canyon.  10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Contact: Mark Rathswohl/Mike Anderson 805 549 3561.

Ventura County – Camarillo Center corpsmembers install a community  garden at the Food  Share Community Garden, 4156 Southbank Road, in Oxnard.  9 a.m.-1 p.m. Contact: Chris Rochte/Paul Campa 805 290 5702.  Cindy Laubacher (day of event) 916 425 6101

Los Angeles County – Corpsmembers from Los Angeles/Norwalk will paint a mural and plant trees at Hollydale Park, 5400 Monroe Ave., South Gate.  9 a.m.-2 p.m. Contact: Chris Rochte (Martin Hernandez/Christian Herrera) 323 509 2254.  Laurie Traktman (day of event) 213 399 7152

Los Angeles County – Corpsmembers from the Pomona Center will renovate numerous animal exhibits and remove non-native plants at the Santa Ana Zoo, 1801 East Chestnut Ave., in Santa Ana.  8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.  Contact: Duane Wilson/Lisa Taylor 909 594 4206.

San Bernardino County – Corpsmembers in the Inland Empire will plant native species, perform trail brushing and maintenance, remove invasive species and litter at Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park, 400 Central Ave., in Riverside.  The event will focus on educating youth on the importance of volunteering to improve their community and environment.  8 a.m.-12 p.m.  Contact: Scot Schmier/Pam Knott 909 647 6551.

San Diego County --  Corpsmembers from the San Diego Center will update planting boxes, build support structures to benefit the Multi-generational Community Garden (at senior and day care center), Cuyamaca College at Rancho San Diego near El Cajon.  9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Contact: Victor Avila/Phil Lemke 619 1749.  Dan Savage (day of event) 916 747 1510

The California Conservation Corps was created in 1976.  Since then, 120,000 corps members have provided more than 67 million hours of conservation work – planting more than 21 million trees, improving stream and fish habitats, building and maintaining more than 11,000 miles of trails, and improving California park and recreation areas.  Corpsmembers have also spent more than nine million hours assisting with fires, floods, oil spills, earthquakes and pest infestations.

This year marks the 81st anniversary of the creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps, President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal program that put young men to work in the outdoors.  Today's California program was modeled after the 1930s agency.

The California Conservation Corps Foundation is a nonprofit public benefit organization that supports the programs and crewmembers of the California Conservation Corps. Tax-deductible donations to the Foundation can be made at www.cccfoundation.net or https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1440473