Conservation Corps Minnesota partners with ALLETE, Inc. to Remove Invasive Species in the City of Duluth at Fairmount Park on Monday, August 13, 2018

For Immediate Release
Conservation Corps Minnesota Communications

www.conservationcorps.org

Contact:
Melissa Cuff
Conservation Corps Minnesota
651-209-9900, ext. 26
melissa.cuff@conservationcorps.org

Conservation Corps Minnesota partners with ALLETE, Inc. to Remove Invasive Species in the City of Duluth at Fairmount Park on Monday, August 13, 2018

City of Duluth, MN., July 31, 2018 – Conservation Corps Minnesota is partnering with ALLETE, Inc. to host a community cleanup event called Restore Duluth on Monday, August 13, 2018 from 1pm to 4pm at Fairmount Park (72nd Avenue West & Grant Avenue in Duluth, MN 55807). The event addresses the City of Duluth’s need to remove terrestrial invasive species, primarily Japanese Knotweed, from one of its most highly visited recreation areas of Fairmount Park. Left unattended, Japanese knotweed can grow up to 10 centimeters per day and cause damage to park infrastructure and habitat. Located along Kingsbury Creek, Fairmount Park has served West Duluth since 1901. Today it is home to Indian Point Campground and provides access to the Duluth Traverse and Superior Hiking Trail. 

Through the Restore Duluth event, Conservation Corps Minnesota is helping the City of Duluth address its invasive species challenge. This event brings together over 25 employees of ALLETE, Inc. who will be led by 25 Conservation Corps staff, youth and young adults involved in its Summer Youth Corps and Northeast District programs. 

According to Steve Schoenbauer, the City’s Invasive Species Coordinator, “Removing invasive species such as Japanese Knotweed prevents spread that often suppresses native vegetation and threatens shoreline areas of rivers and lakes. We are grateful to Conservation Corps Minnesota for providing young adults from the local community to help us in this important work.” 

ALLETE, Inc. has partnered with Conservation Corps for the past two years providing warehouse space for crew equipment and vehicles at its physical plant at 1510 West Superior Street in Duluth. This event expands the partnership by engaging employees. ALLETE is the parent company of Minnesota Power. When asked about their involvement in the project, Kurt Anderson, director of environmental and land management for Minnesota Power said, “We’re happy to lend a hand to the Conservation Corps in the battle against Japanese knotweed. We share the Corps’ commitment to environmental stewardship and appreciate the opportunity to work with them on this project to benefit native plant species and the many people who enjoy Fairmount Park.” 

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About Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa: A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa provides hands-on environmental stewardship and service-learning opportunities for youth and young adults while accomplishing conservation, natural resource management and emergency response work throughout Minnesota, Iowa and surrounding states. www.conservationcorps.org  

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About AmeriCorps: AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering and service. Each year, more than 80,000 men and women serve at more than 20,000 schools, nonprofits, and faith-based groups, joining the more than 1 million Americans who’ve taken the pledge to ‘get things done’ since the program’s inception in 1994. www.nationalservice.gov

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About ALLETE, Inc.: ALLETE is an energy company headquartered in Duluth, Minn. In addition to its electric utilities, Minnesota Power and Superior Water, Light and Power of Wisconsin, ALLETE owns ALLETE Clean Energy, based in Duluth, BNI Energy in Bismarck, N.D., U.S. Water Services headquartered in St. Michael, Minn., and has an eight percent equity interest in the American Transmission Co. More information about ALLETE is available at www.allete.comALE-CORP

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About the City of Duluth Parks & Recreation: Duluth, a four-season city with 11,000 acres of green space alongside the great Lake Superior, has miles of trails and over 100 parks, providing a suitable back drop for a multitude of recreation activities. www.duluthmn.gov.

Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa Deploys Nine Members to Puerto Rico

Contact:

Melissa Cuff
Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa
651-209-9900, ext. 26 or 612-749-7345
melissa.cuff@conservationcorps.org

Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa Deploys Nine Members to Puerto Rico

SAINT PAUL, Minn., July 19, 2018 – After a previous disaster relief deployment in response to Hurricane Maria in the fall of 2017, Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa deployed a new crew on Monday, July 16th to San Juan, Puerto Rico. This 30-day deployment of six AmeriCorps members and three staff will assist residents of San Juan who have been impacted by Hurricane Maria.

The crew headed to Puerto Rico will join other AmeriCorps Disaster Response Teams (A-DRT) including Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC), AmeriCorps St. Louis, and SBP (St. Bernard Project). Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa will take over operations as the other teams finish their deployments over the next few weeks.

The deployment is focused on serving the citizens of Puerto Rico. The goals are to 1) return individuals and families back to safe, sanitary, and secure homes; and 2) support local organizations in their efforts to aid Puerto Rico. The team will operate from a recovery office in Guaynabo and at Sacred Heart University in San Juan. Disaster relief activities will include developing a registry for high priority cases, referring cases with unmet needs, developing and conducting trainings for local organizations, and providing outreach across the island.

As part of the federal government’s ongoing recovery efforts, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the agency responsible for service and volunteering that administers AmeriCorps, deploys AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members to communities impacted by natural disasters. Following a disaster, national service acts as a force multiplier, providing key resources and significantly expanding the capacity of existing organizations on the ground. More than 40,000 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members were deployed in response to Hurricane Katrina. In the decade since, AmeriCorps teams have provided critical support after countless disasters, including Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Sandy; the 2013 floods in Colorado; and tornadoes in Joplin, Mo., Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Moore, Okla.

On September 20th of 2017, Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 Hurricane, pummeled the island territory of Puerto Rico as well as other islands in the Caribbean. Hurricane Maria was the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years. It destroyed homes, roads, and bridges, knocked out power across the entire island, and triggered heavy flooding. Puerto Rican authorities have requested $94 billion to cover damages from Maria.

More than nine months after hurricane Maria, a sense of normalcy is returning to the major populated areas of Puerto Rico. Although much progress is being made with returning water and electricity to its citizens, it will be a long time before the Island will return to its previous state.

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About Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa: A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa provides hands-on environmental stewardship and service-learning opportunities for youth and young adults. They perform conservation, natural resource management and emergency response work throughout Minnesota, Iowa and surrounding states. www.conservationcorps.org  

About AmeriCorps: AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering and service. Each year, more than 80,000 men and women serve at more than 20,000 schools, nonprofits, and faith-based groups, joining the more than 1 million Americans who’ve taken the pledge to ‘get things done’ since the program’s inception in 1994. www.nationalservice.gov

Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa receives grants to support disadvantaged youth

Contact:
Melissa Cuff
Conservation Corps
651/209-9900, ext. 26

Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa receives grants to support disadvantaged youth

St. Paul, Minn., October 12, 2017 – Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa has received several grants to support Youth Outdoors, a program that engages disadvantaged youth in service-learning and civic leadership, equipping them with critical workforce skills. Support from the following organizations has made Youth Outdoors possible in 2017:

·         Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) - $20,000

·         McNeely Foundation- $20,000

·         Otto Bremer Foundation- $30,000

·         Wells Fargo Foundation- $9,880

·         The North Face Explore Fund- $10,000

The unemployment rate for Minnesota teens is nearly 3 times higher than for the general working-age population, and the unemployment rate is even more disparate for youth of color. These grant investments will ensure that more diverse young people have access to the Youth Outdoors program, offering teens the opportunity to gain valuable work experience while exposing them to potential career and education pathways in the natural resources management field.

“Grant investment in Conservation Corps makes it possible to provide high quality workforce development experiences for young people living in Minnesota who will benefit the most from increased opportunities. We appreciate the support and partnership of these generous foundations and organizations.

– Hollis Emery, Program Director for Youth and Individual Placements

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About Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa: A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa provides hands-on environmental stewardship and service-learning opportunities for youth and young adults. They perform conservation, natural resource management and emergency response work throughout Minnesota, Iowa and surrounding states. www.conservationcorps.org  

About DEED: The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is the state's principal economic development agency. DEED programs promote business recruitment, expansion, and retention; international trade; workforce development; and community development.

About McNeely Foundation: The McNeely Foundation leverages human and financial resources to foster a thriving East Side of St. Paul, Minnesota where the McNeely business developed.

About Otto Bremer Foundation: The Otto Bremer Trust is a unique organization spanning banking, investments and philanthropy. Each serves a specific purpose and they all work together to deliver impact for the communities we serve. One hundred percent of our assets are put to work for our mission – and have been since 1944.

About Wells Fargo Foundation: We know that our long-term success is directly linked to th success of our customers and the communities we serve. Through a combination of strategic relationships with local and national nonprofits, grants, volunteer activities and other community investments, we’re creating solutions that help strengthen the communities in which we operate and grow local economies around the world.

About the North Face Explore Fun: The North Face Explore Fund provides $500,000 annually in grants to nonprofit organizations working in powerful and creative ways to encourage participants to experience outdoor activities and develop an enduring appreciation of the outdoors. Since its founding in 2010, the Explore Fund has provided nearly 500 grants to nonprofits that serve thousands of people in communities around the country. The Explore Fund reflects our commitment to introduce more people to the joy of exploring the outdoors and the natural world.

Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa Crew Deploys to Puerto Rico

Contacts:

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Melissa Cuff
Conservation Corps
651/209-9900, ext. 26
melissa.cuff@conservationcorps.org

Mark Wilson
Conservation Corps
515-412-7130
mark.wilson@conservationcorps.org

Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa Crew Deploys to Puerto Rico

SAINT PAUL, Minn., October 13, 2017 – After two disaster relief deployments this fall (49 AmeriCorps members to Texas and 19 to Florida), Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa (CCMI) deployed a new crew today to San Juan, Puerto Rico on an early morning flight from MPS Airport. This new deployment of seven AmeriCorps members and one staff will assist survivors of Hurricane Maria by direct services such as debris removal and roof tarping. CCMI members signed up for this opportunity inspired by critical needs of the survivors.

“I hope to make an impact by helping people get back on their feet again,” said crew member, Erin Bjork. “I’m looking forward to using my Spanish skills, while also putting my training into action.” Erin currently lives in Minneapolis and plans to start her second year of AmeriCorps service in 2018. She joined Conservation Corps to use her biology degree and gain experience working with state agencies, such as the Department of Natural Resources.

“Conservation Corps’ presence in Puerto Rico is an important way to show that we care about our fellow citizens,” said crew member Santiago Palaez. “Spanish is my first language after growing up in Colombia and I hope to use this and other skills to make a difference for the people of Puerto Rico.” Santiago lives in Duluth, MN fulfilling service year through a media/communications placement with the University of Minnesota Extension.

The crew headed to Puerto Rico today will join more than 100 AmeriCorps members active in response to Hurricane Maria in both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. As part of the federal government’s ongoing recovery efforts, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the agency responsible for service and volunteering that administers AmeriCorps, has committed more than 2,200 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members to communities impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Since August, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps teams have been dispatched to Texas, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Following a disaster, national service acts as a force multiplier, providing key resources and significantly expanding the capacity of existing organizations on the ground. More than 40,000 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members were deployed in response to Hurricane Katrina. In the decade since, AmeriCorps teams have provided critical support after countless disasters, including Hurricane Sandy; the 2013 floods in Colorado; and tornadoes in Joplin, Mo., Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Moore, Okla.

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About Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa: A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa provides hands-on environmental stewardship and service-learning opportunities for youth and young adults. They perform conservation, natural resource management and emergency response work throughout Minnesota, Iowa and surrounding states. www.conservationcorps.org  

About AmeriCorps: AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering and service. Each year, more than 80,000 men and women serve at more than 20,000 schools, nonprofits, and faith-based groups, joining the more than 1 million Americans who’ve taken the pledge to ‘get things done’ since the program’s inception in 1994. www.nationalservice.gov

 Conservation Corps members deploying to Puerto Rico on Friday, October 13, 2017. Pictured: AmeriCorps members -- Christopher Conrad of Shoreview, MN, Erin Bjork of Minneapolis, MN, Landon Acre-Kendall or Saint Paul, MN, Megan Lynch or Saint Paul, MN, Morgan Kramschoster of New Hope, MN, Santiago Pelaez of Duluth, MN, and Danielle Yaste of Sandstone, MN. Staff member – Jonathan Goldberg.

Conservation Corps members deploying to Puerto Rico on Friday, October 13, 2017. Pictured: AmeriCorps members -- Christopher Conrad of Shoreview, MN, Erin Bjork of Minneapolis, MN, Landon Acre-Kendall or Saint Paul, MN, Megan Lynch or Saint Paul, MN, Morgan Kramschoster of New Hope, MN, Santiago Pelaez of Duluth, MN, and Danielle Yaste of Sandstone, MN. Staff member – Jonathan Goldberg.

Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa Crews in Texas and Florida; helping homeowners impacted by hurricanes

PRESS RELEASE
Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa

September 20, 2017
For immediate release

Contacts:
Melissa Cuff
Conservation Corps
651/209-9900, ext. 26
melissa.cuff@conservationcorps.org

Mark Wilson
Conservation Corps
515-412-7130

Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa Crews in Texas and Florida; helping homeowners impacted by hurricanes

St. Paul, Minn., September 20, 2017 – Just two weeks after Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa (CCMI) deployed 49 Corps members and three staff to Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey, a new team of Corps volunteers departed for a 30-day deployment in Florida. Nineteen AmeriCorps members and two staff are headed to Tallahassee to assist survivors of Hurricane Irma.

Back in Texas, CCMI members have already been inspired by this community of survivors.

“On the first day, during wellness and safety assessments, one gentleman had a simple request: to get his jet skis on his trailer,” said crew leader, Clare. “He went on to explain that as the streets became rivers during the floods, he and his wife used their two jet skis to rescue over 100 people. Given everything he had done, the crew thought moving his jet skis was the least they could do.”

Earlier this month, teams assessed 179 homes for wellness and safety of residents, focusing on homes that include those with elderly, disabled or uninsured individuals. Of those, 34 were added to the schedule for mucking and gutting work as well as hazard tree removal. Crews worked on multiple homes in a day and completed their first home repair on Wednesday.

Other teams of Corps members assisted at the Houston Food Bank, sorting and distributing 906,500 pounds of food as part of Houston’s largest food donation effort to date. The full donation included 1,038,697 pounds of supplies. Crews created care packages that included food, hygiene products, school supplies, coloring books, diapers, infant formula and cleaning supplies.

The community is doing what it can to make our crews feel welcome. Employees of a local Walmart even cleared out their store, including the aisles, to make room for 1,400 volunteer cots.

This CCMI deployment is made possible through collaboration between Conservation Corps, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) Disaster Services Unit, FEMA and the State of Texas. Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa is among eight Corps throughout the country that specializes and trains members in disaster response. The Corps has a collaborative agreement with the Disaster Services Unit, allowing for the assignment of AmeriCorps members to disaster response.

Following a disaster, national service acts as a force multiplier, providing key resources and significantly expanding the capacity of existing organizations on the ground. Through all its programs and initiatives, CNCS helps communities to prepare for, mitigate, respond, and recover from disasters. In times of disaster, AmeriCorps teams have provided critical support after countless disasters, including Hurricane Katrina; last year’s Louisiana flooding; Hurricane Sandy; tornadoes in Joplin, Mo., Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Moore, Okla.; the explosion in West, Texas and the Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill.

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About Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa: A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa provides hands-on environmental stewardship and service-learning opportunities for youth and young adults. They perform conservation, natural resource management and emergency response work throughout Minnesota, Iowa and surrounding states. www.conservationcorps.org  

About AmeriCorps: AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 men and women in intensive service each year through more than 15,000 nonprofits, schools, public agencies and community and faith-based groups across the country. Since 1994, AmeriCorps has provided critical support to millions of Americans affected by tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, forest fires, terror attacks and other natural and man-made disasters and is a vital resource in America’s emergency management infrastructure.

Conservation Corps responds to Hurricane Harvey

PRESS RELEASE
Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa

September 5, 2017
For immediate release

Contacts:
Melissa Cuff
Conservation Corps
651/209-9900, ext. 26
melissa.cuff@conservationcorps.org

Mark Wilson
Conservation Corps
515-412-7130
mark.wilson@conservationcorps.org

Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa responds to Hurricane Harvey

St. Paul, Minn., September 5, 2017 - Across the country, AmeriCorps Disaster Response Teams have deployed or are on standby provide assistance to the Texas communities affected by Hurricane Harvey. On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 49 members and staff from Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa will join that team. 

AmeriCorps members from all five Minnesota districts and our Youth Outdoors program will spend the next 90 days coordinating volunteers, managing donations, sandbagging, removing debris and assisting with home repairs. Beyond this period, additional member deployment will occur as needed. 

“Disaster response deployments are not easy projects, physically or mentally,” says Iowa District Manager, Mark Wilson. “Not only have our members selflessly volunteered to assist hundreds or thousands of flood survivors, but they also have signed up for a truly life-changing and unique experience themselves. I am continually awed by their commitment to serving our nation and their impact on the lives of complete strangers whosehomes and families have been devastated by these disasters.” 

Elizabeth Gapp is one of the 49 AmeriCorps members traveling to Texas from Minnesota & Iowa. Inspired by the opportunity to serve others, she shared, “I signed-up for this once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of something bigger than me and help others. I’m young, able and ready to put my disaster response training into action.” Elizabeth grew up in Minnesota and joined Conservation Corps to gain natural resources skills and serve her community. 

Deployment is made possible through collaboration between Conservation Corps, the Corporation for National and Community Service Disaster Services Unit, FEMA and the State of Texas. Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa is among eight Corps throughout the country that specializes and trains members in disaster response. The Corps has a collaborative agreement with the Disaster Services Unit, allowing for the assignment of AmeriCorps members to disaster response. 

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About Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa: A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa provides hands-on environmental stewardship and service-learning opportunities for youth and young adults. They perform conservation, natural resource management and emergency response work throughout Minnesota, Iowa and surrounding states. www.conservationcorps.org

About AmeriCorps: AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 men and women in intensive service each year through more than 15,000 nonprofits, schools, public agencies and community and faith-based groups across the country. Since 1994, AmeriCorps has provided critical support to millions of Americans affected by tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, forest fires, terror attacks and other natural and man-made disasters and is a vital resource in America’s emergency management infrastructure.

Conservation Corps partners with Minnesota Department of Agriculture to create two new positions

PRESS RELEASE
Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa

June 26, 2017
For immediate release

CONTACT
Brian Hubbard
651.274.8059
Brian.hubbard@conservationcorps.org

Conservation Corps partners with Minnesota Department of Agriculture to create two new positions

Saint Paul, Minn. — Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) recently welcomed two Conservation Corps members for a new seven-month apprenticeship position. Jessica Christianson and Elizabeth Bailey will serve as Agriculture and Water Outreach Corpsmembers in Perham and Rochester, respectively. They will work alongside natural resource professionals with MDA supporting the work of the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP). Christianson and Bailey will learn hands-on skills in managing soil and water resources while providing assistance to the MAWQCP certification process.

Christianson and Bailey were hired through the Individual Placements program, a program of Conservation Corps Minnesota that has placed over 50 AmeriCorps members throughout Minnesota and Iowa. Headquartered in Saint Paul, Conservation Corps provides meaningful work for young people in managing natural resources, responding to disasters, conserving energy and leading volunteers.

Individual placements serve as AmeriCorps members and receive a monthly living stipend as well as an education award to use towards qualifying education and student loan expenses. Educational credits may be arranged by the AmeriCorps member.

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Governor Dayton’s Budget Includes Appropriation of $385,000 to Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa

Funds would create natural resources and clean water

career paths for underrepresented youth

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – January 30, 2017 – Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has recommended a general fund appropriation for the 2017-2018 biennium of $385,000 to Conservation Corps of Minnesota & Iowa (CCMI) to create science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career paths for the state’s underrepresented youth. The funding is intended to improve potential to succeed in STEM-related natural resources careers, leading to increased career paths for diverse communities and positively impacting Minnesota’s environment for decades to come. The appropriation would continue into the “out” biennium (2019-2020).

“This is an outstanding opportunity to help those who might not otherwise have the chance to discover the beauty of our great outdoors and pursue a satisfying career that protects and fortifies our state’s great natural resources,” said CCMI executive director Teresa Spaeth. “This would be a win for these kids and a win for the state.”

Minnesota’s natural resources professional workforce is much less diverse than its citizenry. While other sectors are seeing increases in racially and ethnically diverse employees, their participation in the natural resources workforce remains low, especially at decision-making levels. Anticipated ongoing growth in public and private sector sustainability and natural resources employment creates an opportunity for these groups, and this appropriation is intended to increase the potential that minority and underserved populations participate in natural resource and sustainability career opportunities.

“Unfortunately, many Minnesota youth, especially among underserved communities, are not aware of the promising careers in these fields and are not enrolling in college degree programs that align with open positions,” Spaeth continued. “Additionally, research shows that youth participants from underserved communities benefit from counseling and mentoring to identify a career path and get feedback on their strategies to enter and thrive in it, and I find this particularly true in fields that pertain to natural resources. This appropriation would significantly increase the likelihood that minority and underserved populations could participate and succeed in natural resources and sustainability careers.”

 

$385,000 to Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa

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Conservations Corps has a history of benefitting its participants. Program evaluations and tracking show program alumni are better prepared to pursue a college education, followed by a career in the natural resources field. A growing number are able to earn high school or college credit as a result of their participation.

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About Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa

Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa provides hands-on environmental stewardship and service-learning opportunities to youth and young adults while accomplishing conservation, natural resources management and emergency response work. More information is available at www.conservationcorps.org.

Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa Celebrates Swearing in of One Millionth AmeriCorps Member

Conservation Corps joins with organizations throughout the nation to celebrate the one million men and women who have joined AmeriCorps

Saint Paul, Minn. — Every day in communities across Minnesota, Conservation Corps and its AmeriCorps members are making a powerful impact on some of the most critical issues facing our state. Whether responding to disaster, restoring critical habitat, improving access to public lands, or leading teenagers in hands-on conservation projects, AmeriCorps members serving with Conservation Corps are making a difference in our state and beyond.

Conservation Corps program honored with prestigious Abraham Lincoln Honor Award for Diversity, Inclusion and Outreach

Faces of Tomorrow initiative with the U.S. Forest Service aims to increase diversity in natural resources field

Saint Paul, Minn. — On September 13, 2016, a representative from Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa accepted the Abraham Lincoln Honor Award for Diversity, Inclusion and Outreach from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. In partnership with Superior National Forest, the award recognizes the Corps for its Faces of Tomorrow initiative, a targeted approach to prepare diverse young adults for natural resource careers where women and people of color are underrepresented. The seasonal positions provide Conservation Corps AmeriCorps members direct relationships with employees of Superior National Forest in northeast Minnesota, hands-on skills training and forestry experience.

Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa receives accreditation for excellence in operations from national accrediting body

Corps Center of Excellence grants Accreditation to Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa following a rigorous review.

Saint Paul, Minn. — Following an in-depth evaluation of internal operations, financial management practices, risk management practices, governance standards and youth programming operations, Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa received accreditation from the Corps Center of Excellence, the national accrediting body for Service and Conservation Corps.

Conservation Corps program honored with Cultural Transformation Award

Faces of Tomorrow initiative with the U.S. Forest Service aims to increase diversity in natural resources field

Saint Paul, Minn. — On Thursday morning, a representative from Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa will accept a Chief’s Honor Award for Cultural Transformation from the U.S. Forest Service, at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes the Corps for its Faces of Tomorrow initiative, a targeted approach to help underrepresented communities gain skills and experience in the natural resources field. The seasonal positions provide Conservation Corps AmeriCorps members direct relationships with employees of Superior National Forest in northeast Minnesota, hands-on skills training and forestry experience.

Conservation Corps AmeriCorps members deploy for disaster relief in Saipan

Four-person crew will manage volunteers in wake of damage from Typhoon Soudelor

Saint Paul, Minn. — Early this morning, a crew of AmeriCorps young adults from Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa boarded a plane for Saipan, where Typhoon Soudelor made landfall on August 2 before heading to Taiwan, China and Japan’s Ryukuy Islands. The typhoon left at least 38 dead and many more injured, and displaced thousands. There is still no power on the island and running water has been restored to only some areas. Saipan is one of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. commonwealth in the Western Pacific.

CCC alumni to join celebration on September 14

Conservation Corps to celebrate 80th birthday of CCC

St. Paul, Minn. — Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa will celebrate the 80th birthday of the Civilian Conservation Corps on Saturday, September 14 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds DNR Park, from 4 to 10 p.m.

An expected 500 guests, including members of the original CCC, will enjoy Twin Cities-based bluegrass music by Steve Kaul & The Brass Kings, San Souci and The Farmhouse Band, food trucks, beer, a silent auction, Hammerschlagen and games for all ages. During the event, Corps alumni and stakeholders from the 1930s through today will have an opportunity to gather and reconnect.

Conservation Corps crew helps restore operations at Blue Mounds State Park

Winter storms disabled park and many cities in southwest Minnesota

April 23, 2013. Saint Paul, Minn. – Blue Mounds State Park staff called upon Conservation Corps Minnesota to help restore operations at the park after devastating winter storms earlier this month took down many trees and branches in the campground, located in Luverne, Minn. Gov. Dayton declared a state of emergency in the southwest Minnesota region, after sending in the National Guard to assist with recovery.

Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa honored by Missouri Legislature for Joplin tornado response

St. Paul, Minn. – On January 31, the Missouri House of Representatives will pass a resolution recognizing the service of Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa and others for their indispensible recovery efforts following the devastating tornado that struck Joplin on May 22, 2011. AmeriCorps members will also be recognized on the floor.

Conservation Corps Iowa crews deployed for Joplin tornado recovery

Ames, Iowa – Conservation Corps Iowa has deployed 10 corps members and a team leader to Joplin, Mo. for 30 days, to assist with search and rescue, debris clean-up, donations and volunteer management, following the devastating tornado that ripped through the town on May 22. Field Specialist Matt McKenney is leading the team, which is working alongside other AmeriCorps teams, including National Civilian Community Corps, AmeriCorps St. Louis, Washington Conservation Corps and Hoopa Tribal Civilian Community Corp.