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Contact: Matt Hudson, 423-346-6294
WARTBURG, Tennessee: Four high school students from Morgan County recently finished the summer working on a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) team at the Obed Wild and Scenic River. The crew members were selected from Morgan Central High School and Sunbright High School and included Savannah Christian, Jake Hamby, Savannah Miller, and Isaac Potter. These young adults spent this summer working alongside crew leader Chris Carson, and other National Park Service employees, improving trails in the Lilly Bluff area of the Obed Wild and Scenic River. Participants gained general work experience as well as specialized skills in trail maintenance and dry stack masonry.
The Youth Conservation Corps is a summer employment program for young men and women, ages 15 through 18, to work on projects to protect public lands. The Youth Conservation Corps program is one that trains young people and provides outdoor work that is supervised by a trained crew leader. Participants gain valuable professional experience working on National Park Service lands, and get to learn how to use tools, safe work habits, teamwork, and how conservation projects benefit the environment, and protect cultural and historical resources.
For further information about this program and its accomplishments, call Dave Carney at (423) 569-9778.