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Contact: Wallace Linder, (423) 569-9283
Four high school students from Morgan County recently finished the summer working on a Youth Conservation Corps team at Obed Wild and Scenic River. The crew members were selected from Sunbright High School and included Summer Guercio, Jacob Myers, Ethan Newport, and Grace Sargent.
These young adults spent the summer working alongside National Park Service employees, improving Lilly Bluff Overlook Trail, Point Trail, Boulder Field Trail, and Emory River Nature Trail, with a primary focus on a climbing trail leading to the rock climbing area at Lilly Bluff. Participants gained general work experience as well as specialized skills in trail maintenance and construction of rock steps using stone/rock masonry.
The Youth Conservation Corps is a summer employment program for male and female youths, ages 15-18, 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 learn how to use tools, safe work habits, teamwork, and how conservation projects benefit the environment and protect cultural and historical resources.
For more information about the Youth Conservation Corps, please use the following link: https://www.nps.gov/gettinginvolved/youthprograms/ycc.htm.
For additional information about this program and its accomplishments, call Wallace Linder at (423) 569-9778.