“I know how much we can accomplish with the right people, and we’re also giving important opportunities for people to learn, and improve, skills.”
The Conservancy's Oregon ACT coordinator
Our sixth AmeriCorps Conservation Team (ACT) recently completed its service term. Download the final ACT Now newsletter to read stories from former team members about how service helped get them where they are today.
Kyle Strauss was an AmeriCorps member. Then he managed the Conservancy's AmeriCorps team.
After college, Kyle Strauss moved to the one corner of the country he hadn’t yet been: Oregon. Lured by landscapes, he joined AmeriCorps, a national program that facilitates a year of service. Working with the Northwest Service Academy and The Nature Conservancy, Strauss planted trees and removed invasive species.
Years later, Strauss was program coordinator for the Conservancy’s 13-member AmeriCorps Conservation Team (ACT). Oregon was the first Conservancy chapter to manage its own AmeriCorps team and, according to Strauss, they were remarkably successful.
“Having been an AmeriCorps member and now helping train them really is a full circle,” Strauss said. “I know how much you can accomplish with the right people. And we’re giving important opportunities for people to learn, and improve, skills.”
Crisscrossing the state, members spent their time over the years under the tutelage of conservation staff advancing field research, restoring habitats and engaging local communities. Providing over 20,000 hours of service each year, they removed invasive plants, gathered scientific data, led volunteer and student work parties and helped with prescribed burns.
Through this experience, ACT members gained valuable conservation and leadership skills while spreading the word about the Conservancy's work. In addition, their dedication helped attract and retain hundreds of volunteers who, like you, are committed to preserving Oregon's rich natural heritage.
The Nature Conservancy in Oregon is proud to have forged this partnership with AmeriCorps, and we thank all of our team members for the impressive work they accomplished!