Corps and National Forests - Video and Blog Post

Travis Wick, an intern serving out the U.S. Forest Service Intermountain Region (Region 4), created this film about the partnerships between Corps and the Forest Service. Corps help complete mission-critical projects at National Forests throughout the country; this video specifically looks at Corps serving at Forests in Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. Below, read a blog post from Wyoming Conservation Corps related to this work. 

 

Conservation Corps in the Rocky Mountain West

Evan Townsend, Wyoming Conservation Corps
(April 13, 2017)

FOR THOSE of us who have participated in conservation corps, we know how formative those summers or even 10 months are for our lives. Imagine crews of 4, 6, or 8 people from all over the country coming together to serve their country, communities, and public land (and waters). Young people and military veterans from all walks of life come together for a common cause – to serve others before themselves and in doing so, that service makes us better people.

Katie Woodward, a crew leader for the Utah Conservation Corps, speaks in 2016 but these words could have easily come from a member in the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930’s:

“Conservation work serves a duel purpose of one hand doing a critical part to take care of our lands but also to serve something for ourselves.”

Thanks to the U.S. Forest Service’s Travis Wick for directing this video and also to the Northwest Youth Corps for posting this. The conservation corps of the Rocky Mountain West are proud to have such great neighbors and we are proud to serve our country with them. Featured in this video are members from this video:

Southwest Conservation Corps Receives Regional Forester's Honor Award

(L-R) USFS Rocky Mountain Regional Forester Dan Jiron presents the Honor Award to Mesa Verde National Park Superintendent Cliff Spencer, SCC Executive Director Ron Hassel, MSI Executive Director Marcie Bidwell, SJNF Administrative Officer Ron Duvall, SJNF Supervisor Kara Chadwick. R2 Deputy Regional Foresters Maribeth Gustafson and Brian Ferebee also helped celebrate.

This story was originally published in the San Juan National Forest Newsletter.

DURANGO - The San Juan NF shared a USFS Rocky Mountain Regional Forester Honor Award with partners this spring for launching the Four Corners Federal Lands Internship Program. Partners included the National Park Service, Fort Lewis College (FLC), Mountain Studies Institute (MSI) and Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC).

The program offers college students experience in resource-management careers. Agency mentors oversee the professional development of interns during 10-week summer internships.

“We thank our partners for bringing this opportunity to the agencies and the students,” says Ron Duvall, San Juan NF Administrative Officer. “We couldn’t have done it without everyone’s support.”

Last year’s interns are now exploring careers in natural resources through additional classes, advanced degrees and seasonal jobs. New interns have already been selected for this summer.
Boiler Plate: 
The San Juan NF shared a USFS Rocky Mountain Regional Forester Honor Award with partners this spring for launching the Four Corners Federal Lands Internship Program. Partners included the National Park Service, Fort Lewis College (FLC), Mountain Studies Institute (MSI) and Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC).

Signature Program of The Corps Network Expands

Federal partnerships tap talent of even more American youth through The Corps Network’s AmeriCorps Opportunity Youth Service Initiative

Senator Max Baucus Volunteers with Montana Conservation Corps

Patrick Cote/Daily Inter Lake

On Thursday last week, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) joined Montana Conservation Corps for some trailbuilding fun in the Flathead National Forest. After being damaged by a fire in 2001, the Corps has been working with the U.S. Forest Service for the past two years to restore and maintain the 15 mile Glacier View Mountain Trail. NBC Montana and ABC Fox Montana both covered the story with videos.

According to ABC Fox, Senator Baucus said "What drives all of us, I think, is beauty, the naturalness of our state, connecting with the land, the water, the air. Not only for ourselves, but for our kids, our grandkids, and that's a powerful force."  

NBC Montana also quoted Montana Conservation Corps Executive Director, Jono McKinney: "Though we do a lot of conservation work our mission is about developing young people. Helping them learn job skills, learn to work together in teams, a lot of leadership and communication development...[On the trail project:] When you've finished the work, what you have created is something that will last. So people really have a sense that the work they're doing really has a purpose, a meaning, and made a difference. And that's very rewarding."

Boiler Plate: 
On Thursday last week, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) joined Montana Conservation Corps for some trailbuilding fun in the Flathead National Forest. After being damaged by in 2001, the Corps has been working with the U.S. Forest Service for the past two years to restore and maintain the 15 mile trail.