Utah Conservation Corps Kicks off Bike Crew

Taken From a Press Release from Utah State University

The Utah State University-based Utah Conservation Corps will launch the nation’s first pedal-powered bike crew at a kickoff event at noon on June 3, 2015 at Mamchari Kombucha (455 South 400 West, Salt Lake City). UCC AmeriCorps members serving on the bike crew will be demonstrating how they will load cargo bicycles to carry their tools and camping supplies for conservation projects. The event will feature speakers, light refreshments, and music.

The UCC secured a $20,000 grant from Utah State Park’s Recreational Trails Program for this four-person AmeriCorps crew based out of UCC’s Salt Lake City field office. The project is also being sponsored by Black Diamond, Hammer Nutrition, ProBar, Clif Bar and Keen Footwear.

The crew will use cargo bicycles to transport themselves, tools, food and camping gear to Utah State Park sites during the summer. The crew will cycle from Salt Lake City to both East Canyon State Park (33 miles away) and Deer Creek Canyon (56 miles away) for six-day work hitches before returning back to Salt Lake City. It is anticipated that the crew will complete two miles of trail construction and five miles trail maintenance.

In 2014, 165 UCC AmeriCorps members created or maintained 177 miles of trail, constructed or repaired 8.5 miles of fence, restored 14,996 acres of public land and recruited 4,214 volunteers serving 9,582 hours on projects throughout Utah.

More information on UCC can be found at http://www.usu.edu/ucc.