As a crew member in Grand Marais in 1998 and a crew leader in Windom in 1999-2000, Jason Peterson served in the Corps when it operated under the wing of the Minnesota DNR. He remembers working on forest inventories, black spruce cone collection, snowmobile trail maintenance, tree planting, invasive species management and prescribed burns. He also helped Trails and Waterways staff with fishing pier installations, public boat access maintenance and development.
One of his most meaningful experiences was helping with recovery efforts in Granite Falls following a tornado that hit the town. “I think being able to give back something to the community is one of the reasons many of us join AmeriCorps,” says Peterson. He also learned a great deal from project hosts and made some good contacts, confirming his career interest in resource management.
Peterson currently works as Assistant Park Manager of Tettegouche, Temperance River and George H. Crosby Manitou State Parks planning work projects, some of which include contracts with Conservation Corps Minnesota. He finds working with the crews a rewarding way to give something back to the program.