A team from AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) is continuing the partnership between NCCC and The Nature Conservancy to help clear invasive plant species from Michigan. This NCCC team is serving with The Nature Conservancy from May 20 to June 29, 2011.
AmeriCorps NCCC is working with The Nature Conservancy helping to remove species such as garlic mustard, buckthorn, and honeysuckle. Partnering with The Nature Conservancy is a great opportunity for this team, who already has some experience removing invasive such as aforementioned honeysuckle. Justin Tucker, NCCC Member says “we are very excited as a team to work with The Nature Conservancy on their environmental preservation endeavor. Environmental conservation is something we care about and is something we are excited to be a part of.”
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres.
AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, residential, national service program in which 1,100 young adults serve nationwide each year. During their 10-month term, NCCC Members – all 18 to 24 years old – work on teams of eight to 12 on projects that address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. Members mentor students, construct and rehabilitate low-income housing, respond to natural disasters, clean up streams, help communities develop emergency plans, and address countless other local needs. The North Central Region campus in Vinton, Iowa is one five regional campuses in the United States and serves Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The other campuses are located in Perry Point, Md.; Sacramento, Calif.; Vicksburg, Miss.; and Denver, Colo.
In exchange for their service, NCCC Members receive $5,550 to help pay for college, or to pay back existing student loans. Other benefits include a small living stipend, room and board, leadership development, increased self-confidence, and the knowledge that, through active citizenship, people can indeed make a difference. AmeriCorps NCCC is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Corporation improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. For more information about AmeriCorps NCCC, visit the website at http://www.americorps.gov/about/programs/nccc.asp.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.