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WGDR “Recreation Radio” with guests WashCo Crew

September 5, 2018
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In July, WGDR, Plainfield Community Radio host Walter Opuszynski had our Washington County Community Crew (WashCo) on his show to talk about their work in the area. 

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Part of Take The Lake initiative to encourage fitness in Columbus County


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“The official opening its part of the Take The Lake event. People could walk across the dam to do the 14-mile event, but that could be dangerous or impossible if the water was running too high. Now, they can dismount and push their bikes across the bridge and around the 1.8-mile section of shoreline between the dam and the campground parking lot. The Youth Conservation Corps, made up of 16- and 17-year-olds, helped clear the trail, which had fallen trees blocking it after Hurricane Matthew.”

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Why Is Fire Orange?


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But fires aren't always an emergency, so later in the episode we'll sit around a campfire with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps and appreciate the warmth of the glowing flames.

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Vermont Fish & Wildlife and VYCC Partner To Expand Accessibility At Snake Mountain

August 28, 2018
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In July, VYCC’s Spike 5 crew tackled a substernal trails assessment and repair project for the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife (F&W) on Snake Mountain. The crew worked with Ariel Burgess, field staff for F&W, to hike the Snake Mountain Summit Trail in its entirety, assessing and flagging trail features in need of maintenance.

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Vermont’s Return on Investment in Land Conservation: A Report Release

August 24, 2018

Join us to hear the results of a ground-breaking study that shows the connection of land conservation to the Vermont economy and jobs, including: natural goods and services, recreation, fishing, hunting, farming, timber, tourism, and more

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Teens hit pay dirt with Youth Conservation Corps

August 19, 2018

Prepared for mosquitos and ticks? Slips, trips and falls? Poison plants? Dehydration? Branches such as the one that just dropped from the tree towering above?
“There are a lot of reasons you wear a hard hat,” Belliveau says. “That’s one of them.”

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Teens work on Brunswick Nature Park

August 15, 2018
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“Despite all the rain, the NCYCC crew was actively working at the Brunswick Nature Park and was able to accomplish great work,” said Jesica Blake, director of stewardship and community conservation with the Coastal Land Trust. “From building trails to restoring longleaf pine habitat, their effort and hard work continues to better the park for people who visit and the wildlife that live there.

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NC Youth Conservation Corps learn life, forest skills through intense summer internship

August 9, 2018
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Lyra Aquino has picked up many skills in her three summers of back-breaking labor with the North Carolina Youth Conservation Corps.

The 19-year-old from Hillsborough can build a fence, clear a trail and swing a fire rake, a hazel hoe and a limb lopper like a pro. She can set up and break down camp without anyone knowing she's been there.

But perhaps her greatest lessons have been perseverance and patience.

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