Wyoming Conservation Corps Members Work in Uinta County
Students participating in the Wyoming Conservation Corps are working on several conservation projects in Uinta County.
They have worked with the State Parks and Recreation Department at Ft. Bridger State Historic Site and will soon begin work at Bear River State Park. Additionally, the students are working with the U.S. Forest Service to conduct stand surveys in the Wasatch National Forest.
WCC is a University of Wyoming program serving the state of Wyoming through the completion of service-based conservation projects aimed at maintaining Wyoming’s public lands. Formed in 2007 by the Wyoming State Legislature, the WCC seeks to introduce Wyoming’s young adults to hands-on natural resource and environmental experiences. This summer, 32 UW students are completing 24 conservation projects throughout Wyoming.
“This year, both the scope of the projects and the number of students will double,” says Nick Agopian, WCC director.
Agopian says support from the state and federal agencies, UW administration and environmental programs and private companies, such as Devon Energy Corporation, has enabled the program to double in size the last year.
“By completing conservation projects with Wyoming’s various public lands managers, we are looking to teach the students and provide them personal skills training and technical skills training,” Agopian says. “We will also convey the importance of community service and civic engagement. When they leave this program and graduate from UW, these students will have the tools and skills necessary to be active community members and community leaders.”
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