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    Dirty Jobs: Building Trails; Managing Work Crews

    June 1st, 2022 | Chattanooga, TN - Kelsey Durr likes to think of trail builders as "trail fairies".

    Source: Get Out Chattanooga Magazine

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    2022 YCC Newsletter


    July 14th, 2022 | Chattanooga, TN - Check out what our Youth Conservation Corps crew accomplished in Summer 2022!

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    New Public Land Corps Crew helps mark boundary lines throughout Southern Region


    May 19th, 2022 | Georgia - As part of a 2022 initiative to address less well-known deferred maintenance and aging infrastructure, the Southern Region hosted its first Public Land Corps boundary maintenance crew through a partnership with Conservation Legacy’s Southeast Conservation Corps, an AmeriCorps-affiliated nonprofit dedicated to supporting local conservation programs.

    Source: USDA

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    Southeast Conservation Corps Intern Selected by The Corps Network as 2022 Corpsmember of the Year

    March 8th, 2022 | Chattanooga, TN Press Release: Aaron Conner, a member of Southeast Conservation Corps’ Veterans Fire Corps crew, will be recognized by The Corps Network, the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps, as a 2022 Corpsmember of the Year.

    Source: The Corps Network

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    Hemlocks and Why

    January 3rd, 2022 | There are two dangers inherent in trimming brush, and at the moment I am confronting both of them. The first is physical fatigue, the strains and overuse injuries stemming from bending too much from the back, from swinging too much with the wrist. The second is tedium, a side effect of bending and sweeping for hours in silence with little more than a stiff breeze and the chance of autumn rain for company. The first I mitigate by bending from the knees, using my core, drinking water. For the second, I attempt to create meaning out of monotony. I reach out with the loppers, clip a beech limb, bend to collect it from the ground, toss it into the undergrowth. Reach, clip, bend, toss. The motions build upon each other like waves, or maybe better, like tree rings, or the seasons that etch them into the cross section of each young tree I cut.

    Source: The Field Guide Blog

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    Women at Work: All-female crew rebuilds campsites on Daniel Boone National Forest

    November 26th, 2021 | Through partnership with the Southeast Conservation Corps, the Daniel Boone National Forest was privileged to host a 14 member all-female trail crew earlier this fall. The crew spent eight weeks rebuilding campsites, constructing a quarter mile of trail and completing other necessary maintenance work on the Forest’s popular Bee Rock Campground on the London Ranger District. Their work was instrumental in restoring the severely flood-damaged campground.

    Source: WUKY

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    On your next hike, spare a thought for the trail builders who made it possible


    Sept 15, 2021 | You don’t see them as you kick through the leaves on your hike. You won’t see them as you squeeze through an inviting crevice between two boulders to discover what’s beyond. Don’t look for them as you pedal toward a perfectly placed berm or you may tumble off your bike. Just know that the people responsible for the thrilling ride and the beckoning passageway, the people who plan where you will step and what you will view — they see you. These trail workers are the unseen architects guiding your interaction with the great outdoors.

    Source: The Washington Post

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    Drains, Bridges, Mud, and More Mud


    July 2021 | The biggest project we did was create a switchback around a ton of fallen brush. We had to make a couple of rock steps and renaturalize the old trail. Because it was the last week, we also had to do the final derig. It’s cool to look back on what all we have done, but that also makes it harder to leave this crew.

    Source: Southeast Conservation Corps

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    Youth Crew Knocks Out Projects in the Ocoee

    July 2021 | During the first week of work, our group spent most of our time working in or around water. We built two different water crossings, working as a team to move rocks into place, building stepping stones across the streams.

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    Boardwalks and Barbeques at Natchez Trace


    July 22, 2021 | The bridge replacement project was especially interesting for me because of the ecological reasoning behind it. Our project partner wanted to use native timber to form the base of the new bridge, so we helped him by removing the bark from the trees that would be used.

    Source: Southeast Conservation Corps


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