Local Youths Participate in NPS Youth Conservation Corps Program
Contact: John Wescott, 252-473-2111
For the second summer in a row, the National Park Service (NPS) Outer Banks Group has hired a group of local youth under the NPS Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program. The crew, which is partially funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will be performing a variety of “hands on” field work for eight weeks this summer, including campground renovations in Cape Hatteras National Seashore and earthworks restoration at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. The YCC participants have an opportunity to learn about the NPS and gain valuable work experience. East Carolina graduate Stacey Hodnett is the group leader this summer.
During a recent Fort Raleigh earthworks restoration project, the YCC students recovered numerous artifacts, including pottery shards, musket balls, glassware, and coins. Doug Stover, park historian, estimated the dates of the pottery shards to be pre-European and the coins were dated from 1700 to 1900.
The YCC group has also completed the installation of campground site markers in all four campgrounds in the National Seashore. Projects to be completed include building and replacing picnic tables and grills in all campgrounds, as needed, and clearing trails and pruning of vegetation in the Frisco Campground.
“It is rewarding and fun to have this group of enthusiastic young students assisting us with so many improvement projects this summer,” stated Superintendent Mike Murray. “They provide a valuable service to the visiting public and they, in turn, will walk away with increased knowledge of their local national parks and valuable work experience as they consider their fields of study and career choices.”
Did You Know?
In the 1700s, Ocracoke Inlet was one of the busiest inlets in the East. It was one of the few navigable waterways for ships accessing inland ports such as Elizabeth City, Edenton or New Bern. It was here that Blackbeard the pirate found the inlet's heavy shipping traffic ripe for easy pickings.