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Maine Conservation Corps members complete service term, fulfill mission despite pandemic

Nov 27, 2020

AUGUSTA — Autumn Smith of Belfast is one of 20 Maine Conservation Corps members who are completing their term of AmeriCorps service despite the numerous challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. MCC service members volunteered for a total of over 25,650 hours in the state of Maine, accomplishing MCC's mission to "Accomplish conservation initiatives that inspire people and enhance communities."

MCC is part of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

From engaging volunteers for a new preserve at Frenchman Bay Conservancy in Gouldsboro, to monitoring and analyzing for Maine Healthy Beaches at the southern tip of Maine, and facilitating the Gorham Edible Main Street and Food Forest, MCC Environmental Stewards have found new ways to engage communities in these projects.

"The contributions of MCC members to conservation in Maine is significant," said DACF Commissioner Amanda Beal. "We are pleased to host this program each year and truly appreciate the dedication and many hours that our MCC members put in to support the needs of Maine communities across the state."

MCC members build new recreational trails and trail structures, and about half of the members were engaged in these projects. Maine Conservation Corps also completes a wide variety of conservation projects all over the State of Maine. MCC offers two different AmeriCorps service paths, Environmental Stewards and Field Teams.

"As people took to the outdoors in record numbers, the importance of MCC AmeriCorps members and the initiatives they are engaged in has been highlighted as never before," said MCC Director Sara Knowles. "AmeriCorps participants bring inspiration, innovation, and dedication to organizations and communities across the state. The inherent traits of service members were truly amplified this year as they navigated new challenges and uncertainty with grace and flexibility."

More information about the MCC and AmeriCorps opportunities can be found at maine.gov/doc/parks/mcc.

 

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