State opens mountain bike trail on Tiger Mountain

September 5, 2012

NEW — 4 p.m. Sept. 5, 2012

The state Department of Natural Resources opened a mountain bike trail in Tiger Mountain State Forest on Wednesday.

The 1.4-mile East Tiger Summit Mountain Bike Trail is the first new mountain bike trail built on Tiger Mountain in 20 years.

The state joined the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance on the project. Crews from the Department of Natural Resources, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, Washington Conservation Corps — as well as volunteers — dedicated hundreds of hours to support the project.

The trail is accessible from the Tiger Summit Trailhead along state Route 18 southeast of Issaquah.

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Washington Conservation Corps seeks members

August 21, 2012

The teams maintaining the trails on state and King County lands near Issaquah often include members of the Washington Conservation Corps — a fresh-out-of-college bunch eager to earn experience in the environmental field.

Like the New Deal-era Civilian Conservation Corps, the 21st-century equivalent enlists young adults to tackle habitat and infrastructure projects.

The state Department of Ecology needs applicants to fill 300 service positions in 16 counties throughout the state.

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State seeks veterans to spearhead Puget Sound cleanup

September 18, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 18, 2011

The state is seeking to enlist military veterans to spearhead the effort to protect and restore Puget Sound.

The state ecology and veterans affairs agencies seek to hire veterans for the Puget SoundCorps, a branch of the Washington Conservation Corps.

State legislators created the program earlier in the year to restore, protect and preserve the sound.

Puget SoundCorps, a special AmeriCorps crew, is meant to aid the Puget Sound Partnership, a state agency, to return the sound to a healthy condition by 2020.

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State seeks adults to aid conservation projects

August 16, 2011

The state Department of Ecology needs 245 people between the ages of 18 and 25 to plant native shrubs and trees, restore salmon-bearing streams, respond to emergencies and more.

The agency is seeking applicants to the Washington Conservation Corps, a program to put young adults, including military veterans, on the job at projects in 16 counties statewide.

For the 2011-12 service year, the Department of Ecology intends to hire 150 Washington Conservation Corps AmeriCorps members using a $2 million AmeriCorps grant from the state Commission for National and Community Service.

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Washington Conservation Corps seeks members

August 15, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 15, 2011

The state Department of Ecology needs 245 people between 18 and 25 to plant native shrubs and trees, restore salmon-bearing streams, respond to emergencies and more.

The agency is seeking applicants to the Washington Conservation Corps, a program to put young adults, including military veterans, on the job at projects in 16 counties statewide.

For the 2011-12 service year, the Department of Ecology intends to hire 150 Washington Conservation Corps AmeriCorps members using a $2 million AmeriCorps grant from the state Commission for National and Community Service.

AmeriCorps Education Awards received through the Corps Network, a national service partner, support the remaining positions.

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Washington Conservation Corps seeks applicants

March 15, 2011

The state Department of Ecology is seeking 22 people between the ages of 18 and 25 to serve in Washington Conservation Corps positions in King County and elsewhere.

Members receive job training, help restore and protect the environment, offer environmental education and volunteer opportunities for thousands of residents of all ages, and provide assistance to citizens in the Evergreen State and across the nation during natural disasters.

In recent months, corps members assisted in trail restoration and habitat projects near Issaquah. And corps members joined AmeriCorps teams to restore Squak Mountain trails last month.

Members selected for six-month stints earn state minimum wage and a $2,675 AmeriCorps Education Award for repaying student loans or for future tuition expenses.

Established in 1983 as a response to a sour economy, the program became a program under the AmeriCorps umbrella in 1994 and then expanded.

The corps includes 180 positions at more than 35 locations across the state.

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Washington Conservation Corps seeks applicants

February 27, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 27, 2011

The state Department of Ecology is seeking 22 people between 18 and 25 to serve in Washington Conservation Corps positions in King County and elsewhere.

Members receive job training, help restore and protect the environment, offer environmental education and volunteer opportunities for thousands of residents of all ages, and provide assistance to citizens in the Evergreen State and across the nation during natural disasters.

Interested parties can complete the application at the Department of Ecology website.

Members selected for six-month stints earn state minimum wage and a $2,675 AmeriCorps Education Award for repaying student loans or for future tuition expenses.

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AmeriCorps teams restore Squak trails

February 15, 2011

Sam Decker (left), 20, of Seattle, and Kyle Johnson, 21, of Sibley, Ill. (population 300), do two jobs at once as they dig a drainage channel and fill in a trail path during their Americorps project on Squak Mountain. By Greg Farrar

The scrapes from shovels and the metallic ring from pickaxes splitting rock echoed across the morning stillness on Squak Mountain as AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps members remade a stretch of trail along a forested slope.

The team from the national service program set up in Squak Mountain State Park near Issaquah last week to upgrade trails and carve drainage ditches in the popular hiking destination.

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AmeriCorps teams restore Squak trails / Feb. 10, 2011

February 14, 2011

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.

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