NCCC at Fort Dummer State Park

L to R, back row: Park Ranger Rob Van Zandt, Kyler, Thompson
Portland, OR, JoAnne Pohl, Lansing, MI, Kalieb Haslag,
 Jefferson City, MO, Drew Pinchcack, Baltimore, MD. .Front row:
 Kirsten Jacobse, Minneapolis, MN, Michael Gary, Portland, OR
and Auds Curtis, Portland, OR
By: Reuben Allen

Seven members of the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) have set up camp at Ft. Dummer State Park where they are helping prepare the park for the 2014 season.

Over the winter, more than 1,000 trees were removed from the park campground during a timber sale in and around the park. The project included thinning to encourage growth of low vegetation between sites, removal of hazard trees, and clearing of several areas for planned infrastructure construction. Although the project resulted in numerous long-term improvements to the park, in the short term it resulted in a much larger than usual spring cleanup for the park staff. As a result, regional park staff sought assistance from the NCCC to help prepare the park for its opening day on May 23.

The crew, Moose 3, arrived Sunday, April 20, and is working with Ft. Dummer Park Ranger Rob Van Zandt through Tuesday, April 29. Moose 3 is based out of the NCCC campus in Baltimore, Maryland, and its members hail from across the United States. They are led by Kirsten Jacobse of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Prior to arriving in Vermont, Moose 3 spent about 6 weeks working with the Department of Parks and Recreation for the city of Baltimore, Maryland. When they finish their work in Vermont, they will return to Maryland to prepare for their next project.

NCCC is a full-time, team-based residential program for men and women ages 18-24. Up to 2,800 NCCC members are assigned to one of five campuses and organized into teams of approximately ten members. Members serve for 10 months. NCCC serves every state, responding to pressing local needs that are identified by organizations in the community. In the tradition of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s, NCCC Environmental Stewardship and Conservation projects help preserve and enhance a community’s natural resources.

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