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What do you get when you team up young adults with service-minded conservation projects? A strong team of AmeriCorps volunteers. Steep Rock Association (SRA) joined forces with Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative and five other local land trusts to host 12 young adults participating in AmeriCorps.

AmeriCorps is a nationwide service program in which young adults travel around the country in small teams to complete projects for nonprofit organizations, schools, and other groups. It’s been described as a domestic Peace Corps group. Each member of the team is encouraged to develop various skills all while they build their strengths as leaders.

The team named “Buffalo 6” hail from Maryland, and joined Steep Rock Association on March 10th, 15th and 16th.  SRA staff Clark Gifford and Rory Larson worked with the team on a number of carpentry projects. Buffalo 6 didn’t let two different snow storms on two different days deter them as they helped build 2 outhouses for the Steep Rock Preserve campsites, 24 owl nest boxes for the library program, and 50 tomato cages for Judea Garden. “They were great,” shared SRA’s Land Manager, Clark Gifford, “they were amazingly flexible as to what the New England weather shared with us, yet still had an incredible energy they brought to the projects.”

The team also collected visitor surveys at our Steep Rock Preserve on the morning of March 16th for information to be used in understanding the use of SRA’s preserves.

During their time in Connecticut, Buffalo 6 also worked on projects at Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust (who housed the team in Sharon), Cornwall Conservation Trust, Naromi Land Trust in Sherman, New Hartford Land Trust and Sharon Land Trust.

Much thanks to Kimora, Nathan, Jay, Quon, Talya, Kenzie, Aly, Jeremiah, Kaeliegh, and Joe for all their hard work!

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