The numbers are in and they are impressive! In 2011, 515 Conservation Corps members:
- Served 8,600 hours on emergency response and recovery and more than 4,600 hours on fire suppression
- Planted more than 250,000 trees and plants
- Constructed and improved 419 miles of motorized and 813 miles of non-motorized trails
- Participated in more than 18,000 hours of personal development training and more than 34,000 hours of technical skills training
These are just the highlights. Other work included debris removal, environmental education, community outreach, erosion control, GIS/GPS data and mapping, prescribed burning, seed collection, wetland restoration, invasive plant removal, carpentry, home energy improvements, rain garden installation, surveys and many more activities. More than ever, Conservation Corps continues to restore resources and change lives.
Photo: Luke Dovre and Alice Yonke haul lumber used to build a bike trail on Pincushion Mountain on the Gunflint Trail.