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CCC members head to land down under

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Two Tahoe-based members of the California Conservation Corps and a CCC crew supervisor have been selected for the CCC’s 2005 work exchange with Conservation Volunteers Australia.

Bodhi May and Khadija Smithers are among the nine corpsmembers who will spend eight weeks this summer working with the Australian environmental group. They are based at the CCC Tahoe Center in Meyers and will be joined on the exchange by CCC Conservationist Mark Hanson, a Tahoe crew supervisor who will serve as the staff liaison.

The CCC contingent will fly to Sydney today and then proceed to Perth, from where they will work in urban, remote and beach locations in the state of Western Australia for one month. Projects will likely include trail construction, seed collection and tree planting. They will spend the second month in South Australia, where projects scheduled include monitoring rock wallabies – small marsupials in the kangaroo family, and working in Adelaide’s city parks and gardens. The corpsmembers will return to California Oct. 20.

For the second part of the exchange, the CCC will host two Australian teams in August and September. The first group will work with corpsmembers in the Lake Tahoe and Redding areas. The second group will join CCC crews in San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties. Corpsmembers participating in the exchange pay their own transportation expenses. Room and board expenses are deducted from their paychecks as usual.

The CCC and Conservation Volunteers Australia have exchanged participants since 1988. CVA is the country’s leading practical conservation organization, completing more than 2,000 projects each year for the betterment of the Australian environment.

The California Conservation Corps is a work force development program hiring young men and women between 18 to 25 years of age. They devote a year of service to California through hard work in environmental conservation, fire protection and emergency services.

For more information visit the Corps’ Web site at http://www.ccc.ca.gov.


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