The Canyon Lakes Ranger District will once again welcome an AmeriCorps crew in 2014 to help with hazardous fuels reduction work and firefighting efforts. The crew arrives next week and this is the fourth year the district has hosted a crew.

AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs that engage Americans in intensive service to meet the nation’s critical needs in education, public safety, health and the environment. This AmeriCorps Team is comprised of 12 young adults between the ages of 19 and 24 and provides an enormous service to the U.S. Forest Service. Members of the team are from all across the United States.

The Forest Service provides necessary training and housing for the crew, as well as a liaison to assist the team lead with supervision and assignments. The team will stay at the district’s Fort Collins Administrative Site during its first tour from March 17 to May 9 and then at the Red Feather Work Center during a second period from May 19 to July 18.

In addition to supplementing the district’s firefighting resources, the team is available to help with other projects across the district. In past years this has included noxious weed surveys and monitoring within the High Park Fire burn area; old fence removal on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District; and fence building on the Pawnee National Grassland.
For more information about AmeriCorps, check their website at http://www.americorps.gov/.

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