CORPS

The 2009 Superior Conservation Corps is complete!

Each summer season the SWP assembles crews of young people from all different backgrounds to work on conservation-related projects throughout the north central UP.

This year the SCC was made up of Native youth from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

Crew Leaders David Magno and Cassie Lahtinen are on board this year. Ms. Lahtinen will be leading the first ever all-girl crew.

The 2009 Superior Conservation Corps has completed some exciting projects so far this summer! Take a look.

  • Fin clipping at KBIC Natural Resources Fish Hatchery.
  • Participate in educational workshop on forest management practices with Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Forester.
  • Restore Pinery Road Fire areas (dozer lines) with BIA.
  • Monitor re-establishment of vegetation in the Pinery Road Fire area.
  • Assist KBIC Natural Resources Department with KBIC Fishing Derby.
  • Assist KBIC Natural Resources Department with walleye pond maintenance.
  • Assist US Forest Service - Hiawatha National Forest with fish habitat improvements in the Rock River Watershed (Alger County).
  • Build, decorate and deliver garden boxes for KBIC Seniors.
  • Participate in Beach Monitoring at the L'Anse Waterfront Beach with the Western UP District Health Department.
  • Boardwalk maintenance at Sand Point Recreation Area.
  • Maintenance of cemetery grounds at Lac Vieux Desert with the KBIC Tribal Historic Preservation Office.
  • Assist KBIC Natural Resources Department coaster brook trout stocking in Lake Superior.
  • Assist KBIC Natural Resources Department with sea lamprey population assessments in the Silver River.
  • Participate in tree harvest demonstration in the Ottawa National Forest with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC).
  • Participate in wild rice education and build "knockers" for wild rice harvesting.
  • Install turtle platforms at Mud Lakes.
  • Participate in Ojibwa Language workshop and traditional teachings.
  • Participate in canoe safety training.
  • Conduct in-stream habitat assessments and road/stream crossing inventory in Menge Creek (L'Anse Bay).
  • Beach clean up at Lake Superior beaches (L'Anse/Baraga).
  • Assist with building demolition at Lightfoot Bay Land Preserve with Keweenaw Land Trust.
  • Assist US Forest Service - Hiawatha National Forest with canoe portage trail improvements and erosion control in Big Island Lake Wilderness Area (Alger County).
  • Assist KBIC Natural Resources Department with lake sturgeon assessments and coaster brook trout stocking.
  • Assist Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division with fish population assessments in Menge Creek.

In addition to these projects, the youth keep daily journals of their activities and each week have discussions about conservation issues.

For more information please contact our office at 228-6095.

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