Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Youth Conservation Corps Completes Trail Work in Big South Fork

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area announced yesterday that high school students from Tennessee and Kentucky have recently completed volunteer work while working with one of two Youth Conservation Corps teams.

Eight high school students from Fentress and Scott counties in Tennessee, as well as eight students from McCreary County, spent the summer working on a number of projects, which included more than 20 miles of trail rehabilitation, clearing brush from the area around an old Civilian Conservation Corps cabin, repairing retaining walls and steps, cleaning up picnic areas, and repainting numerous park directional signs. Their work also focused on rehabilitating sections of the popular Yahoo Falls Trail.

The Youth Conservation Corps is a summer employment program for young men and women, ages 15 through18, to work on projects to protect public lands. The Youth Conservation Corps program is one that trains young people and provides outdoor work that is supervised by a trained crew leader. Participants gain valuable professional experience working on National Park Service lands, and get to learn how to use tools, safe work habits, team work, and how conservation projects benefit the environment, and protect cultural and historical resources.

For further information about this program and its accomplishments, please call Dave Carney at (423) 569-9778.

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