News Review
City of Longview to Serve as Host City for Washington Conservation Corps Crew
Posted Date: 9/11/2013
The Urban Forestry Restoration Project provides Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) crews to local governments to conduct urban forest maintenance and restoration projects on public land (parks, rights-of-way, open space, watersheds, etc.). The project is funded through the 2012 Jobs Now Bill (engrossed Senate Bill 5127) and is administered by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ Urban and Community Forestry Program.

In return for acting as a base of operations for the Cowlitz County WCC crew for the full crew year (October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014), the City will receive several months of crew assistance.

This WCC crew time will be focused on completing tasks in Longview’s urban forest work plan, including planting, leaf removal, structural pruning, watering, staking, and mulching. A healthy urban forest is an integral part of the management of stormwater, as well as the improvement of air and water quality.

WCC is an excellent opportunity for youth 18 – 25 to gain experience in a wide variety of environmental jobs while working toward a $5,550 AmeriCorps Education Award. WCC crews build job skills, participate in a wide variety of trainings—and have a great time working as a team!
For more information about WCC and the application process, please visit http://www.ecy.wa.gov/wcc/.

The Longview Parks Department is looking forward to hosting this industrious group of young adults.

For more information about the Urban Forestry Restoration Project, visit the project online @ www.dnr.wa.gov/ResearchScience/Topics/UrbanForestry/Pages/rp_urban_restoration_project.aspx
or contact Micki McNaughton at (360) 902-1637 or micki.mcnaughton@dnr.wa.gov. The Washington State Urban & Community Forestry Program is made possible through partnership with the USDA Forest Service.