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.
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
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.”
“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.
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.
Learn organic farming skills, harvest the bounty of a Vermont growing season, and help feed Vermonters in need supplying the Health Care Share program. On this crew you will serve as a VYCC AmeriCorps Member. It is a unique opportunity to work, live on a farm (or live locally) and make a difference.