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AmeriCorps NCCC members work with King County Department of Natural Resources

On Feb. 8 a team of nine AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps members arrived at Tolt MacDonald Park to begin a six-week project serving with the King County Department of Natural Resources. The award winning organization is responsible for over 200 parks, 175 miles of regional trails, and 180 miles of backcountry trails.

The team of AmeriCorps NCCC members just returned from a three-week deployment to assist with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. They will transition from mold remediation, mucking and gutting, and canvassing thousands of homes to planting thousands of native trees for the Carnation community to enjoy.

The team will also restore the natural beauty of local parks while helping uphold the organization’s missions to provide trails and protect the region’s natural resources and habitats. In addition, the team will serve three days a week with Tolt Middle School, sharing their knowledge and tutoring children.

“Volunteers are important to our park system. It cannot function without them. Having AmeriCorps members serve with us allows us to accomplish difficult tasks, such as planting 7,000 trees a week,” said Tina Miller, volunteer coordinator of King County DNR.  The team is extremely excited to live and serve in such a beautiful community and having the opportunity to learn from a prominent non-profit organization.

 

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