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Miner completes service in Conservation Corps

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Angela Miner of Farmington recently completed a 10-month service term with Conservation Corps Minnesota, a nonprofit that engages young people in hands-on service managing natural resources, conserving energy and responding to disasters. She was among 143 young adults who worked outside in all seasons improving recreational trails, fighting wildfires, conducting prescribed burns, removing invasive species, planting trees and conducting other conservation projects to restore native habitat in Minnesota.

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Miner served on a crew of four other AmeriCorps members in Saint Paul. Miner completed habitat restoration projects in William O'Brien State Park, Sand Dunes State Forest, Luce Line State Trail, Gateway State Trail and other public lands in the area. During the 2011 service term, AmeriCorps members conducted prescribed burns to restore 535 acres of prairie, planted 111,126 trees, suppressed 235 acres of wildfire, removed over 10,000 acres of invasive species, and constructed or improved 1124 miles of trail in central Minnesota.

The Corps is currently hiring for the 2012 program year. Conservation Corps crews of 4-6 members are based in 18 locations throughout Minnesota, completing projects on public lands throughout the state. Participants, ages 18-25, are enrolled in AmeriCorps and receive a living stipend and, after completing their term, an education award for college or student loan expenses. Beside marketable job skills, corps members receive professional certifications in wildfire suppression, chainsaw operation and first aid.

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