Conservation Corps in Action

Sierra Hopkins samples invertebrates in a stream under the direction of aquatic biologist John Tipping of Lotic, Inc.
CCC Intern Jamie Behan works with Athena Health volunteers to renovate the green space at the Crosby School Center.

Our Community Conservation Corps provides an opportunity for young people interested in working in land management, farming, conservation or forestry a chance to help move many worthwhile local projects forward while gaining valuable skills and exploring careers. The Corps members work as interns with the Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District and the NRCS for 6-10 weeks each summer.

CCC interns discuss invasive plant management with Coastal Mountains Land Trust Intern Jack Shaida.

Our 2017 interns Jamie and Sierra have been busy assisting with the development of a new community center green space in Belfast, the Crosby Center. They have assisted Coastal Mountains Land Trust develop a plan for mapping and management of invasive plants in the new McLelland-Poor Preserve. They’ve also learned about assessing freshwater stream water quality with biologist John Tipping while carrying out sensitive areas monitoring on Sears Island.

Another recent activity included helping Belfast High School science students learn how to sample vegetation in study plots in a mowed field. They will also accompany NRCS soil scientists to an area dairy farm to learn how NRCS helps farmers. All in all, they are making a great contribution to conservation while learning about a wide range conservation efforts in Waldo County.