NC Youth Conservation Corps pick up on Parkway CCC work

Think the Blue Ridge Parkway is beautiful? Well, like many of us, it takes a lot of grooming to look that way.

For the third summer, a group of North Carolina teenagers from ages 16-18 years old have been working hard to improve, restore, and preserve the natural and recreational resources of the Blue Ridge Parkway near Boone and Blowing Rock.

The North Carolina Youth Conservation Corps is in the field for seven weeks (they started June 20 and will finish Aug. 8) through a partnership among the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Conservation Trust for North Carolina, and the National Park Service.

The crew is working on trail construction and maintenance, rebuilding historic fencing, invasive plant removal, and facility repairs for the Park Service within the Sandy Flats sub-district between Mileposts 260 and 305. The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and CTNC are funding the program.

“They go through an application and if they make it through, they are interviewed,” said Jan Pender with the Conservation Trust. “We’re looking for kids who have an interest in being outdoors and feel like they are able to work in a group, outdoors, camping, together, for seven weeks. We’re also looking for kids who have a desire to accomplish something as a group.”

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