AVALON, Calif. – An AmeriCorps National Civilian Corps (NCCC) team is partnering with the Catalina Island Conservancy to protect and restore the Island from March 23 to May 10.
The “Gold Three” team of 10 AmeriCorps volunteers will be working with the Conservancy to fulfill its mission of being “a responsible steward of our lands through a balance of conservation, education, and recreation.”
The Catalina Island Conservancy relies on volunteers, like the AmeriCorps NCCC, to meet infrastructure needs, manage natural resources, improve visitor safety and provide opportunities for a diverse population to engage in education, interpretation, recreation and stewardship of public lands.
“Working with the Conservancy has been nothing short of amazing,” said Allyne Sendolo, 24, assistant team leader and media representative. “The staff and volunteer groups that we work with are very passionate about preserving the Island not only for human use, but also for Catalina’s native plants and animals. Catalina Island is not only beautiful but it is rich in history and unique in plant diversity. The work Gold Three is doing on the Island is instrumental in keeping Catalina Island Conservancy’s mission alive and I’m happy to be a part of that.”
While on Catalina Island, the team’s major objectives will be to assist with brush clearance in order to reduce the risk of fire: to remove invasive plants that prevent native plants from thriving, and beautify trails so that hikers can have a safe and enjoyable experience. The team will also assist the conservancy with facility maintenance that includes road repair, rail work along Catalina’s main roads, painting, and building repairs.
Additionally, the Gold Three team will serve as leads at a Community Service day. The team will assist volunteers with sign in, give safety talks and lead small groups of volunteers. Gold Three will also be working with other organizations, such as nonprofits, in order to address community needs on Catalina Island.
The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and its FEMA Corps units engage 2,800 young Americans in a full-time, 10-month commitment to service each year. AmeriCorps NCCC members address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, and urban and rural development; FEMA Corps members are solely dedicated to disaster preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery work. The programs are administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS is the federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.
The Catalina Island Conservancy was formed in 1972 and is one of California’s oldest land trusts. Its mission is to be a responsible steward of its lands through a balance of conservation, education and recreation. The Conservancy protects the magnificent natural and cultural heritage of Santa Catalina Island, stewarding approximately 42,000 acres of land, 62 miles of rugged shoreline and more than 80 miles of trails. It operates the Airport in the Sky, Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden and two nature centers. Twenty miles from the mainland, the Island is home to more than 60 plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world. - Watch Video
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