The Schuylkill River Heritage Area has been accepted as a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) site, paving the way for the Heritage Area’s efforts to build a sustainable Conservation Corps effort in Schuylkill County.
Schuylkill River Heritage Area Trail Sustainability Coordinator Tiara Campbell is working to establish a Heritage Conservation Corps that will assist museums, parks, and other Heritage Area attractions, provide career training and development, and ultimately build the Schuylkill River Trail in Schuylkill County. Through a summer 2017 pilot program, the newly established Heritage Conservation Corp will work on a trail segment from Schuylkill Haven to Pottsville.
Through the 21CSC, agencies like the Schuylkill River Heritage Area “work with young people and veterans to accomplish meaningful work and facilitate personal and professional skills development while also building a lifelong connection to the outdoors.”
Examples of 21CSC projects include preserving historic structures, improving recreation access and repairing or rebuilding campsites.
By partnering with the 21CSC, the Schuylkill River Heritage Area can take advantage of federal grant opportunities, have a presence on the 21CSC website and participate in partnership activities.