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Wyoming Conservation Corps to work in county

May 31, 2015 From staff reports

The University of Wyoming students will develop leadership and outdoor skills while helping on 18 projects around the state.

Projects ranging from sage grouse habitat improvement near Gillette to conservation work at Devils Tower will be conducted this summer by members of the Wyoming Conservation Corps.

University of Wyoming students will gain experience while developing leadership and outdoor skills on 18 projects around the state.

In Fremont County, the students will work in Sinks Canyon State Park on mountain pine beetle mitigation from Monday to June 10 and on campground restoration from June 15 to June 24. They also will perform historic restoration work Aug. 10 to Aug. 19 at South Pass City Historic Site.

WCC is a grant-supported program that engages students in conservation-based projects throughout the state, assistant director Patrick Harrington stated in a press release.

WCC has been supported by the Corporation for National and Community Services' AmeriCorps program and the Wyoming State Legislature and cooperating partners.

Founded in 2006, the WCC continues the civil service tradition of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and Youth Conservation Corps of the 1970s.

Nearly 320 students have completed more than 215 projects relating to energy, wildlife, recreation, grazing, timber management, property restoration and maintenance, and water and air quality.

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