Conservation team from Tahoe heads down under |

Conservation team from Tahoe heads down under

Gregory Crofton

Three members of the California Conservation Corps’ Tahoe Center leave for Australia today for two months to work on natural resource conservation projects.

The Tahoe corps members will be joined by six members of other CCC branches to participate in an exchange program that has existed for 17 years between the United States and Australia.

CCC members will work alongside the Conservation Volunteers Australia, which, like the conservation corps, relies on young adults to do natural resource conservation and emergency response work.

Byron Edmond, 22, Cesar Medina, 21, and Ralph Raya, 23, of the Tahoe Center located on Echo Summit, will arrive in Melbourne before they travel to the states of Victoria and New South Wales for work.

Each corps member has paid his or her own airfare, but meals and lodging are to be provided in Australia. Members of the Conservation Volunteers of Australia are scheduled to come to work in the United States at various CCC centers in 2005.