AmeriCorps, Sierra Nevada Alliance forge partnership
Funding has been approved for three years by the California Service Corps to support a new partnership between the Sierra Nevada Alliance and AmeriCorps.
The Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership plans to develop the capacity of community based organizations to play a leading role in the protection, restoration and stewardship of public lands, local waterways and workable landscapes of the Sierra Nevada region.
The program will recruit and place 27 AmeriCorps members to provide intensive service to protect local natural resources.
Members will serve with community non-profit groups and natural resource agencies to conduct local habitat restoration, ecological monitoring, watershed education and volunteer recruitment in the Sierra Nevada.
This will be the first Sierra program supported by AmeriCorps.
Restoration projects on 1,700 acres of high priority lands and rivers will be implemented, ecological monitoring at over 200 sites will be conducted, public awareness will be raised with the hope of inspiring an increase in volunteerism to protect the environment.
“We are very excited about launching this new program to help meet the critical needs of the environment of the Sierra,” said Joan Clayburgh, the project director. “Not only will AmeriCorps members facilitate the restoration of thousands of acres of Sierra Nevada habitat in 2007, but these members will receive invaluable training, education and experience.”
“This is an incredible opportunity for anyone wanting to live, serve, play in the Sierra Nevada to commit to one year of service as an AmeriCorps member,” said Jason Rainey, executive director for the South Yuba River Citizens League.
That organization is a key partner in the development of the SNAP program.
“We’re recruiting for member positions immediately,” Rainey said, “and successful candidates will have a unique opportunity to develop an understanding of natural resource issues throughout the region, while building a range of skills.”
There is a deadline of Nov. 1 for applicants interested in becoming one of the 27 Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps.
Full-time service begin Jan. 22, 2007 and will continue to the end of Dec. in 2008.