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Maryland Conservation Corps Welcomes 2018-2019 Class

Program Brings Young People into Natural Resource Management

Photo of Maryland Conservation Corps ClassThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources recently welcomed 35 new members to the Maryland Conservation Corps.

Each year, this award-winning AmeriCorps program attracts young adults, aged 17-25, to work in comprehensive natural resource management projects and assist with conservation and environmental education efforts at public lands and parks throughout Maryland.

Under the guidance of the Maryland Park Service, participants will work 10 months in public lands including Assateague State ParkDeep Creek Lake State ParkGunpowder Falls State ParkMerkle Wildlife SanctuaryPatapsco Valley State Park, Susquehanna State Park, and Tuckahoe State Park. 

Members will begin immediately treating hemlock trees in Swallow Falls State Park to guard against the hemlock woolly adelgid, a destructive invasive insect.

Corps members will learn valuable career and life skills while serving Maryland’s citizens, communities and visitors. Upon completing the program next summer, the class will be honored at a graduation ceremony.