AmeriCorps Crews from Two Member Organizations of The Corps Network to Restore Iconic Trails in Mt. Rainier and Olympic National Parks

As announced on Wednesday, July 20th, Corpsmembers from Northwest Youth Corps and Washington Conservation Corps to comprise new “Wonderland Trail Conservation Corps” and “Olympic Conservation Corps” programs
 

Washington, DC (August 1, 2016) – AmeriCorps members from Northwest Youth Corps (NYC) and Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) are set to begin a multi-year effort to improve popular trails in Washington state’s Mt. Rainier and Olympic National Parks. NYC and WCC are members of both The Corps Network and the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) initiative.

Funding for these projects will be spread over five years. The main funding source is a $2 million private donation from Seattle-based philanthropists Mike and Sue Raney. This money will be supplemented by part of a $1 million donation the REI foundation announced in April to support restoration projects at 19 national parks across the country. Several member Corps of The Corps Network are also involved in restoration projects at the other 17 national parks.

In Washington, six AmeriCorps members from NYC and six AmeriCorps members from WCC will participate in the new “Wonderland Trail Conservation Corps” program, focused on restoring the 101-year-old Wonderland Trail at Mt. Rainier National Park. An additional six AmeriCorps members from WCC will participate in the new “Olympic Conservation Corps” program, which will focus on the maintenance of the Enchanted Valley Trail at Olympic National Park.

The AmeriCorps members from NYC are supported by The Corps Network’s Opportunity Youth Service Initiative (OYSI), an AmeriCorps program designed to engage opportunity youth – young adults who are neither in school nor working – in education and conservation service.

"This exciting collaboration of public and private partners highlights the commitment of the Raney family, the REI Foundation, the Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Park Service to engage youth in meaningful activities that restore our national treasures while developing the next generation of citizen stewards,” said Jeff Parker, Executive Director of Northwest Youth Corps.

“As a longtime partner to the National Park Service we are excited to bring a diverse mix of young adults into two of our states most majestic landscapes in order to maintain the iconic Wonderland and Enchanted River Trails,” said Nick Mott, Washington Conservation Corps Program Director. “The partnership with the Raney Family, the REI Foundation, and the National Park Service will strengthen the commitment of the young adults serving on these crews in preserving these special places while ensuring the public can continue to access their public lands.”

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Funding for these projects – including the donations made by the Raney family and the REI Foundation – are being channeled through the National Park Foundation’s Centennial Campaign.

About The Corps Network

The Corps Network provides leadership and support to over 130 of America’s Service and Conservation Corps. Through advocacy, access to funding opportunities and expert guidance, The Corps Network annually enables over 24,000 Corpsmembers, ages 16-25, to strengthen communities, improve the environment and transform their lives through service. 

To learn more about The Corps Network, please visit www.corpsnetwork.org

 

About Northwest Youth Corps:

Northwest Youth Corps offers a challenging education and job-training experience that helps youth and young adults from diverse backgrounds develop the skills they need to lead full and productive lives. Our core purpose is to provide opportunities for youth and young adults to learn, grow, and experience success.  Our programs focus on education, challenge, community, leadership and empowerment, giving youth critical life skills and confidence. NYC programs stress teamwork, inclusion, and leadership while promoting a solid work ethic and individual achievement. Youth leave NYC knowing that they can overcome obstacles, solve problems, make friends, and attain their objectives in life. To learn more about Northwest Youth Corps, please visit http://www.nwyouthcorps.org/m/

 

About Washington Conservation Corps:

The Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) provides meaningful service and training opportunities to young adults (ages 18-25) and military veterans. The WCC is housed within the Department of Ecology. Cooperation from the Departments of Natural ResourcesVeteran AffairsFish and Wildlife, and State Parks provides additional resources and funding. In addition, we partner with over 50 local and federal organizations to accomplish environmental projects throughout Washington State. To learn more about Washington Conservation Corps, please visit http://www.ecy.wa.gov/wcc/index.html

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