Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Celebrating Earth Day with Delta 3

Delta 3 at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
My team’s first project has been serving at Cumberland Falls and Carter Caves State Resort Park doing trail maintenance. We have retreaded trails, built bridges, repaired fences, installed water bars, cleared debris, treated hemlocks and cave restoration. The trails we maintain help the tourists to enjoy the park safely. My team has also helped treat over 2,500 hemlock trees from the Wooly Adelgid disease. The impact we have done for these trees was tremendous. We assisted in giving them a solution that will help fight the disease for at least five years. Without Hemlock trees, many different species of insects would become extinct, and our forest would be devastated by the loss of so many trees that keeps these parks thriving.

Painting a wall at Cumberland Falls
Not only was our service important to the parks and creatures that live in it but to the towns nearby. Many of these towns survive because of the people that visit these parks. Without their business, these communities would suffer. Tourists bring more than just finance to the communities and the park. They also create local awareness and interest in the communities.
Building a fence along a trail in
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

This experience so far has been overwhelmingly immense. I am from Arizona, and I come from the Tohono O’odham Reservation. I am so used to being surrounded by mountains, rocks and dirt that the forest environment for me is such a different experience. Often times the work has been physically exhausting, but I knew that the hard work the team has put in would be beneficial for the park and the Earth. I believe the Earth is a provider of life that is given to us, and now it is time for us to reciprocate. I am looking forward to the rest of the year of service!

If you are interested in applying to serve with AmeriCorps NCCC or FEMA Corps, please visit, www.americorps.gov for more information, or send us an email at anccc@cns.gov.

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