AmeriCorps team arrives to restore Alps trails
February 1, 2011
Mountains to Sound Greenway trails and habitat received a boost from AmeriCorps in recent weeks, as a team arrived to help on Tiger and Squak mountains and elsewhere in the greenbelt
AmeriCorps has sent 22 crewmembers to assist in trail work in the Issaquah Alps, Mount Si and Rattlesnake Mountain. The group is also participating in ecological restoration in Redmond and the Snoqualmie Valley.
The crew is working alongside Washington Conservation Corps crews to help local land managers restore natural areas, maintain parks and trails, and improve access to recreation.
The greenway is arranged along Interstate 90 from the Seattle waterfront to Central Washington. The greenbelt links natural areas, trails, farms and forests, communities, wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities.
AmeriCorps members should complete the greenway assignment in the weeks ahead, and then return to Sacramento, Calif., for another task in the 10-month stint.
AmeriCorps members come from across the nation to participate in numerous service projects, including homebuilding and working in inner-city schools. The national service program is a full-time program for people aged 18-24.
The mission of the program is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based service. Teams partner with nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, American Indian tribes and schools to complete projects.
The program draws techniques from the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and the military. Members receive training in CPR, first aid, public safety and other skills through the program.