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Release Date: 05/07/13
Contacts: Peggy Truman    

University of Wyoming Conservation Corps Help Lander BLM Maintain Trails

The BLM Lander Field Office (LFO) recently got help from a 15-person crew from the Wyoming Conservation Corps (WCC). WCC was in Lander on April 6 to help with spring trail maintenance at Johnny Behind the Rocks south of Lander.

The LFO received approximately two miles of essential spring trail maintenance,” said Lander Field Office Outdoor Recreation Planner Jared Oakleaf. “Having an opportunity to teach Wyoming Conservation Corp crew leaders how to maintain trails was a rewarding experience. The group was very knowledgeable from the onset and picked up on new concepts rapidly," stated Oakleaf.

The students learned how to: Re-contour and rehabilitate existing trail, install water drainage features such as rolling grade dips and knicks, safely construct new trail, manage a team while building trail, and maintain tools.

The Wyoming Conservation Corps has the mission of connecting young adults with hands-on natural resource and environmental management experiences. They promote leadership through the completion of service projects that benefit lands in Wyoming. The program is managed through the University of Wyoming, although not all the students attend that institution. The WCC is built on the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and the Youth Conservation Corps of the 1970s. Members of this crew are college-age youth from Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Georgia.

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 05-07-2013