With support from the Habitat Stamp, the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps worked directly with state wildlife biologists to improve habitat on the state’s newest wildlife management area, Windsor Grasslands WMA. More than five years in the making the Windsor Grasslands WMA restoration project was first envisioned to restore wetlands affected by past agricultural uses. Under the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s new ownership, the health of the property’s wetlands, streams, and forests, are being restored. These efforts will benefit the entire watershed downstream.
Sheila, 2017 Corps Member on a Female Leadership Development Crew, is studying social work and aspires to do wilderness therapy. Recent alumna AmyRose Tomlinson shares how her VYCC experience helped her find wilderness therapy.
It is an honor and a privilege to be working with the J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation to enhance our programs' workforce development outcomes.
Maddie Shropshire is a 23-year-old college graduate from Quechee. She loves Vermont and “wandering down random dirt roads.” Yet, Maddie had never spent much time in other areas of the state, even nearby Rochester. Until now.
AmeriCorps Crews are likely just what you think of when we say “VYCC experience” – small teams of young people, living and working on Vermont’s public lands. No experience needed.
Take a ski tour of Vermont on 3 trails built or improved by 2016 VYCC crews.
Brightly colored cards and care packages addressed to Ivy Boomershine have been arriving by the handful at the West Monitor Barn in Richmond. Friends and family from her hometown of Wilmette, Illinois have been offering Ivy encouragement as she participates on VYCC’s first ever “assessment crew.”
Three AmeriCorps crews are working hard in the field as 15 more crews prepare to head out this weekend. Laura Mills and Rich Basile are leading a crew that calls itself the Pepper Dogs. “[Corps Member] Nick blurted out one day and it stuck,” says Rich. “We have (tree) bark and (rock bar) bite.”