More Than Service to Trails and Parks
What’s it like to serve as an AmeriCorps member in the Trail Conference Conservation Corps (TCCC)?
It’s giving your time—full-time, for six months—to protect the environment and the public’s ability to safely enjoy it. That’s not an easy gig. But for some of our members, it’s not only an incredibly rewarding experience—it’s life-changing. Here are a few of their stories from the 2019 season:
Stephen Sullivan, Trail StewardBreakneck Ridge and Bear Mountain, I saw firsthand just how necessary the early intervention of Trail Stewards is to keep the parks safe and fun for those visiting. When in the Catskills, I learned how diverse the hikers in those mountains could be. And when trail building and maintaining with Andy Garrison, Long Path Trail Chair, I learned how much effort truly goes into trail construction and rehabilitation, and saw the indefatigable devotion the Trail Conference volunteers have towards their mission. And of course, my fellow Corps members showed a level of camaraderie, support, and love for one another that I had only seen before in the military. I had started out as an outsider to the world of conservation, and by the end of the program, I found myself ready to redirect my life towards it. Opportunities and paths I never would have imagined before have become my goals for the future. I found more than I was looking for, and I’m forever grateful to this program for that.
Heather Platt, Aquatic InvasivesNYC Department of Parks & Recreation. Congrats!
Kasia Ozimek, Trail Crew
Thank you to our 2019 Conservation Corps members for their service to parks and trails.
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