Maine Conservation Corps gearing up for summer season

Posted May 02, 2011, at 10:16 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Conservation Corps (MCC), under the Bureau of Parks and Lands, is getting ready for the start of the summer season.

The Field Team’s 11-week Trail Training Academy is wrapping up with a service project at the Augusta Nature Center.  After successfully completing the academy, the six trail

trainers will lead crews this season, according to the Department of Conservation.

The MCC also recently welcomed three senior team leaders and, after a record-breaking number of applications, will welcome 45 additional folks in May. Some of the first projects of the summer will include Baxter State Park, Nahmakanta, and Maine’s newest state park, Androscoggin Riverlands.

The Environmental Educator program currently has 23 environmental  educators serving around the state at organizations including the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, Merryspring Nature Center, and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. An additional 12 environmental educators will join the MCC at the end of May and will be serving at Vaughan Woods State Park, the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the MDI Biological Laboratory, among other organizations.

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