The Roxbury Land Trust recently welcomed AmeriCorps, National Civilian Community Corps RIVER 3 members to the Van Deusen Preserve.
Under the supervision of James Curren, the land trust’s land and property manager, AmeriCorps members worked on the installation of a wildlife viewing platform and other trail improvements.
“RLT is pleased to be one of the organizations benefiting from AmeriCorps members’ work,” said Ann Astarita, RLT executive director. “Their work at Van Deusen will increase public access and provide an attractive area for people to appreciate nature.”
In order to qualify for AmeriCorps NCCC work, Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative Manager Connie Manes coordinated the land trusts and other nonprofit organizations with a multi-week community land stewardship and public engagement project.
Together, the land trusts’ joint projects are able to keep the AmeriCorps members busy for a full-service round from Aug. 21 through mid-September.
“Greenprint’s land trusts are so grateful for the work of the AmeriCorps NCCC team,” said Connie Manes, manager of Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative. “We’ve enjoyed getting to know these civic-minded youth and are amazed by the amount and quality of their service.”
AmeriCorp’s RIVER 3 projects this year include trail construction, repair and maintenance, habitat restoration, community outreach and public access improvement.
The projects are being conducted on land owned and managed by the members of the Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative, or on NGO/municipal land in partnership with Greenprint members.
Each project is supported by the individual land trusts with on-site orientation, training and supervision, equipment and supplies in accordance with unique project needs.
Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust is housing the AmeriCorps members in their building in Sharon.
The Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative is a partnership of land trusts and community protecting more land of regional significance across Northwest Connecticut.
The 27-town service area of the Greenprint Collaborative consists of all of Litchfield County as well as Sherman in Fairfield County.