Corps crews join wildfire effort statewide

Washington Conservation Corps wildfire efforts
A Washington Conservation Corps takes part in a mop-up procedure on a fire near Dear Creek. Photo courtesy Department of Ecology.

From forest restoration to fighting forest fires, Washington Conservation Corps crews play important roles in the protection of Washington’s landscapes.

Each year DNR works in partnership with Department of Ecology, AmeriCorps, and many other organizations to put Washington’s young people to work doing valuable conservation work and trail building through the Washington Conservation Corps and Puget Sound Corps.

This past week Corps crews were wrapping up their deployments assisting the wildfire fighting efforts in Eastern Washington.

Supporting the effort 
Starting in mid-June, about 20 crew members assisted DNR as a hand crew on fire dispatches around the state. Crew members were involved in mopping up and digging fire line.

In addition to hand crews, more than 80 crew members worked at 15 fire camps around the state to assist with camp operations like distributing food and maintaining the camp. Visit the Department of Ecology’s blog for more information.

Corps history 
The Corps, founded in 1983, is a multi-agency effort that invests in future generations by building their professional skills  and stewardship for the state’s natural landscapeshigh-quality recreation opportunities, and the Puget Sound.

Apply today
The Corps is hiring right now. For more info and to apply, visit www.ecy.wa.gov/wcc. Positions start October 5, 2015.

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