December 12, 2019 | Justin Francisco found himself at loose ends after leaving the U.S. Marine Corps. After floating around for a bit, he got into a welding training program with the Wounded Warrior Project. His life was getting back on track, he was learning a useful skill, but welding wasn’t exactly his dream job. After the excitement of serving in the military, it seemed pretty tame.
Scrolling through the Veterans Administration newsletter one day, Francisco saw something that caught his eye: an ad for a veterans’ program under the nonprofit Southwest Conservation Corps.
Source: Navajo Times, Southwest Conservation Corps, Ancestral LandsVisit Article
October 8, 2019 | This year was the first year working with the Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC). Five SCC members consisting of Hopi young adults assisted the FLAG NPS Archaeologists with site condition monitoring for about three months over the summer. Archaeological site monitoring occurs to assess the condition of archaeological sites and to see how these sites change over time. Monitoring took place at all three of the FLAG Monuments.
Source: Friends of Flagstaff National Monuments Fall Newsletter • Ancestral LandsRead
October 9, 2019 | There are moments on Utah’s San Juan River when conversations fall silent, the wind calms, and the only sound you can hear is the drip of water off the oars. And in mellow stretches when even rowing is unnecessary, the rafts can be left to twirl beneath towering limestone walls. Time stretches out and seems to come unwound until the piercing call of a peregrine falcon breaks through the silence.
Source: OARS • Ancestral LandsVisit Article
October 14, 2017 | Mountain Studies Institute and Southwest Conservation Corps continue to wage war against the Russian olive, an invasive species that chokes out native trees and degrades the quality of the watershed. Last year, MSI was awarded a $195,000 grant from the Colorado Water Conservation Board and an additional $52,000 from Colorado Parks and Wildlife for a three-year Russian olive-removal project.
Source: The Durango Herald • Southwest Conservation CorpsVisit Article
August 4, 2017 | As I watched the activity within this group, witnessing expanding connections between the inspired participants, I was reminded—yet again—of the reverence Indigenous people have for this Earth, and how it is typically instilled as soon as a small child begins to comprehend.
Source: National Geographic Blog • Ancestral LandsVisit Article