Whiterock Conservancy is excited to have an AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) team is serving with us from May 23 through June 29.The team is performing native land restoration and infrastructure improvements.
The NCCC team of eight from the North Central Region campus of Vinton, Iowa is assisting Whiterock Conservancy by conducting GPS scouting to map and remove invasive species such as multiflora rose, honey suckle, and garlic mustard, removing old fence, painting and making improvements to campgrounds and buildings, installing signs that mark the location trails. The team also provided assistance during Raccoon River Days, which featured educational events over Memorial Day Weekend. These events allowed visitors the chance to explore the land and the opportunity to better understand all the components that make up a watershed. Maybe you have already seen them around. If so, say thank you!
Through their service, AmeriCorps NCCC is improving the quality of remnant oak savanna and prairie in the Middle Raccoon River Watershed, and helping to preserve one of the few large tracts of native wildlife in Iowa. The natural ecosystem is being restored, park visitors are safer and more informed of their surroundings, and the well-maintained facilities and trails encourage the community to use the land available to them.
“I am excited to continue to use the skills I developed last year,” says second-year member Jamie from Springfield, Pennsylvania. “Conservation work is important because it encourages people to get outside and use their natural resources. I am so ready to serve with Whiterock Conservancy with the rest of my team.”
The team members include as pictured in the back row, from left to right: Kea, 20 from Baltimore, MD; Christian, 19 from Billings, Montana; Oluwatosin, 23 from San Francisco, CA; Team Leader Jamie, 21 from Springfield, PA; and in the front row, left to right, Tali, 21 from Winchester, Idaho; Jack, 21 from New London, NH; Chris, 23 from West Chester, PA; a Ashley, 24 from Fredricksburgh, VA
AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and its FEMA Corps unit engages up to 2,800 young Americans in a full-time, 10-month commitment to service each year. 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 the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov.