We've accomplished more work and served more people than ever before. We’ve made new community connections and have partnered with new agencies and organizations. Our programs continue to be resilient in the face of challenge and change, and reflect the people that we engage and places in which we serve.
As we celebrate 2015, we look forward to carrying this momentum into 2016.
Our staff and Board of Directors finalized our new mission statement, 'cultivating local action to produce enduring widespread impact in communities, ecosystems and people', truly reflecting our intentions as an organization and driving us in our every day actions. Our mission connects us; it pulls together our diverse array of program models operating in communities across the country.
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In 2015, The Partnership for the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) recognized Michelle Mitchell as a 21CSC Champion of the Year for her outstanding contributions in connecting people to the land. Mitchell helped manage approximately 127 Youth Conservation Corps participants across 13 states and Puerto Rico. She also cultivated relationships with 21CSC program operators including Southeast Conservation Corps. Read more about Michelle here!
Looking forward to 2016, we are proud to continue our partnership with Zac Ribbing of the Coronado National Forest, as one of the current year’s Champions. Zac has collaborated with Arizona Conservation Corps to create a scalable model of a professional development program that meets key agency and community needs. Read more about Zac here!
SAN JUAN NATIONAL FOREST AND FOUR CORNERS FEDERAL LAND INTERN PROGRAM AWARD
The Four Corners Federal Lands Internship Program (FLIP) connects regional college students and recent graduates with resource managers to gain the knowledge and hands on skills of working directly with a federal agency. Whether interns participate in natural, recreation, or cultural resource management, the goal of the program is to better prepare the next generation of agency personnel. Mountain Studies Institute (MSI) provides FLIP support and training.
The San Juan National Forest and its partners received the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Regional Forester’s Honor Award in April of 2015 for launching The Four Corners Federal Lands Internship Program.
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BRIDGE NETWORK SITE PLACEMENTS
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Stemming from a successful Fifty for 50 Campaign in partnership with The Wilderness Society (TWS) celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act in 2014, we once again teamed up with TWS to work with outdoor industry footwear company, KEEN Utility to develop a campaign celebrating corps across the country through Project Build. Since 2009, KEEN Utility has been ‘Putting Good to Work’ through its Project Build program. From working with Homes for our Troops to putting veterans back on their feet, to creating boot libraries for volunteers in need of protective footwear across the country, to now working with the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps in support of the work the corps do across America, KEEN Utility puts good to work, first. In 2015 KEEN Utility provided work boots for 300 corps members across the country and provided a $50,000 capacity building grant to support the Project Build Partnership. Three Conservation Legacy programs have been selected as Project Build Corps to be highlighted celebrating the work of the 21CSC.
In collaboration with The DOI, The North Face donated $100,000 on behalf of conservation corps heroes as part of the company’s continued commitment to care for public lands and recognize inspiring people through the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC). Recipients who embody the spirit of The North Face brand’s first-ever global brand campaign “Never Stop,” were chosen to encourage people to explore what’s possible at the outer edges of their physical and intellectual possibilities and to raise awareness of the need to participate in the stewardship of our public lands. Ancestral Lands Program Coordinator Chako was selected as one of 4 “heroes of the 21CSC” and the program received a promotional video and a $25,000 donation. This support from the North Face followed a $10,000 grant from The North Face’s Explore Fund which seeded the Ancestral Lands’ Climbing Access Crew in partnership with the Access Fund and Pangaea Mountain Guides.
As a sitting Steering Committee member of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK), a national advocacy organization dedicated to expanding opportunities to connect children, youth and families with the outdoors, in collaboration with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the community of Albuquerque, NM, we piloted a year of strategic implementation of the Every Healthy Child Outdoors (ECHO) Across America Toolkit with a BRIDGE Network VISTA member leading the effort. OAK’s ECHO Across America Toolkit provides a suite of resources to advance opportunities to connect children, youth and families with the outdoors at the state and local level. The goal of OAK’s ECHO Across America initiative is to bring state and local leaders together to launch a comprehensive multi-sector plan to get more kids and families outdoors.
In 2015 we partnered with The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics to support the goals of the 21CSC and to support the use of Leave No Trace ethics across the next generation of outdoor stewards. This partnership manifested in support of the Center’s Hotspot Program. With more than 1.6 billion people visiting public lands each year, many outdoor areas across our nation are negatively impacted by recreational use. We are literally loving our land to death. Through focused training and education efforts, community outreach, and service projects, we can work to give land managers and the public to tools to help prevent the continue degradation of these already heavily impacted areas. Hotspot Stewardship Corps are selected to aid in the service work components and planning in conjunction with the Hot Spot week’s schedule of events. Conservation Legacy’s SCC, SECC have been selected as Hotspot Stewardship Corps.
Engaging young adults in intensive community service work with the goal of meeting the critical needs of the community and environment, we are proud to partner with AmeriCorps, providing service opportunities to young adults across the country.
Conservation Legacy is a proud member of The Corps Network, providing critical leadership to the corps movement and to the nation’s service and conservation corps as they tackle some of America’s greatest challenges.
Conservation Legacy provides strategic leadership to support the Partnership for the 21CSC, with the primary goal of providing leadership to expand and deepen the impact of corps work. The 21CSC is a bold national effort to put thousands of young American’s and veterans to work protecting, restoring, and enhancing America’s great outdoors and cultural and community resources. The program is operated through a public-private partnership between government, industry, non-profit and community organizations, working together to foster the next generation of community leaders and resource stewards. Conservation Legacy is proud to be a leader of the 21CSC movement.