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Haiku from Crew 182: Barbara Five-Strand

Haiku from Crew 182: Barbara Five-Strand Five strand barbed wire. Barbed wire, five strand. Barbara Streisand. Get it? That’s how the Sonoran Desert Crew 182 found their name. They’ve been working in Las Cienegas Preserve, about an hour south of Tucson, AZ improving Pronghorn habitat with new fencing and monitoring a community of Prairie Dogs […]

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Posted by SCC on Monday, August 5th, 2013.

Last evening with the crew

This is our crew’s final night in the field—It has that tinge of melancholy and excitement that can only accompany the end of something significant. Our question for debrief tonight was a reflection of that: What Advice would you give to next year’s Connection Corps? The answers come back quickly: work hard, play hard, bring […]

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Posted by SCC on Wednesday, July 24th, 2013.

Veterans Fire Corps – Update from the Field

Veterans Fire Corps Crew 483 Hitch 2 Blog By Michael Ramirez June 9, 2013 I’ve been with VFC for over a month and a half now and I am a day away from completing my second, eight day hitch. Now seems like a good time to reflect upon my experience thus far. Our first few […]

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Posted by SCC on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013.

Giving back to the outdoor community

Crew 276                                                                                                                                                             6/19/13 At the end of our final work day on our hitch in Buena Vista, a little girl and her father cheerily walked down a sixteen step timber staircase to admire the rolling Arkansas River below.  Having just finished building that staircase, our crew watched as we sharpened our tools like secret elves […]

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Posted by SCC on Friday, July 5th, 2013.

Invasive species get the ax – SCC in the Durango Hearld!

SCC was in the Durango Hearld this week!  The article highlighted invasive species removal project that is occurring on a newly acquired piece of open space acquired by the City of Durango.  Here is a link to the article, the full story is copied below. CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE AND PICTURES!     Hand crews are […]

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Posted by SCC on Friday, June 28th, 2013.

Corporation for National and Community Service awards AmeriCorps grant to Southwest Conservation Corps

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) announced that it has approved Southwest Conservation Corps’ (SCC) application for an FY 2013 AmeriCorps grant for an award of $576,489 to support 227 member positions. The grant will support SCC’s Saving America’s Treasures AmeriCorps program to restore, protect and enhance at-risk natural areas in Arizona, Colorado […]

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Posted by SCC on Friday, June 21st, 2013.

Restoring the trail

Crew #180 Gila Restoration Blog “Why didn’t the life guard save the hippie? He was too far out, man.” In May 2012, thousands of acres of the Gila National Forest were burned in a massive forest fire. That’s where we come in. Our crew is responsible for restoring trail #182, the Gila CT, which serves […]

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Posted by SCC on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013.

Starting the season in the Los Valles Region

Crew 273 It all began on May 26, the year 2013. Nine brave souls set out on a journey together to an unknown magical land called West Bear Creek. For the next ten whole days, this group of nine ordinary fold would work together to explore and restore trail 932. Some were familiar with this […]

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Posted by SCC on Friday, June 14th, 2013.

News from Tucson! SCC Crews help clean graffiti in Saguaro National Park

SCC was in the news in Tucson – click HERE to view the whole article! SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - An effort to clean up Saguaro National Park continued today just weeks after vandals tagged a trail and its prized cacti with graffiti. A month after the vandalism, there is still a sense of shock, […]

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Posted by SCC on Thursday, June 13th, 2013.

SCC receives grant from REI for community events in Tucson

SCC received funding from REI to help support, organize and run five community volunteer events between September 28, 2013 and June 7, 2014 in order to engage local community members with their public lands in the Tucson area and to foster an ongoing ethic of volunteerism. They include: National Public Lands Day, September 28, 2013; […]

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Posted by SCC on Thursday, May 23rd, 2013.
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