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Maryland Conservation Corps Welcomes 35 New Members

Award-winning AmeriCorps Program Engages Young Adults in Natural Resource Projects
Photo of Maryland Conservation Corps, 2017-18

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources recently welcomed 35 new members into the Maryland Conservation Corps. This award-winning AmeriCorps program involves young adults aged 17-25 in comprehensive natural resource management projects and substantial conservation and environmental education efforts at public lands and parks throughout the state.

Under the guidance of the Maryland Park Service, participants will work ten months in sites, including Assateague State Park, Deep Creek Lake State ParkGunpowder Falls State Park, Merkle Wildlife SanctuaryPatapsco Valley State Park, Susquehanna State Park, and Tuckahoe State Park. Members will begin immediately treating hemlock trees in Savage River State Forest to guard against the hemlock wooly adelgid, a destructive invasive insect.

Corps members will learn valuable career and life skills while serving Maryland’s citizens, communities and visitors.