Monday, January 21, 2013

AmeriCorps Arrives on Canyon Lakes Ranger District

The Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests will be hosting an AmeriCorps crew in 2013 to help with hazardous fuels reduction work and firefighting efforts. This is the third year the district has hosted a crew.

AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs that engage Americans in intensive service to meet the nation’s critical needs in education, public safety, health and the environment. This AmeriCorps Team is comprised of 12 young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 and provides an enormous service to the U.S. Forest Service. Members of the team are from all across the United States, each from a different state.

The Forest Service provides necessary training and housing for the crew, as well as a liaison to assist the team lead with supervision and assignments.

The team will be in the district during late winter and then will return May through July. Work this winter will consist mostly of slash pile burning and prescribed fire preparation. In the summer the crew will help supplement the district’s firefighting resources.


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