Organizations Team-Up for Restoration Work in the King Range NCA
On Monday, July 1, 2013, in the King Range National Conservation Area, a nine-member team from the American Conservation Experience (ACE) worked side-by-side with volunteers from the Mattole Restoration Council, Lost Coast Interpretive Association, and Sanctuary Forest and staff from the Bureau of Land Management to build new trails and restore meadow habitat in the King Range National Conservation Area in California. The King Range was the very first BLM National Conservation Area established and is located on the coast in Southern Humboldt County.
The Mattole Restoration Council, Lost Coast Interpretive Association, and Sanctuary Forest are part of a team of organizations that work to protect the King Range and surrounding lands. This was the first time that the non-profit organizations teamed up with ACE to work on a partnership project. In 2012, the Friends Grassroots Network donated more than 100,000 hours of volunteer labor to the National Conservation Lands around the Western, United States.
“We are delighted with the support and partnership of the local community groups and the Conservation Lands Foundation on volunteer trail and restoration projects that will improve hiking access into the backcountry and protect habitat for native plants and animals,” said Mark Conley, Program Lead with the CA National Conservation Lands, BLM-California.
Today’s activities marked the launch of extensive volunteer work by each of the groups that will continue throughout the summer, including educational lectures and hikes by the Lost Coast Interpretive Association, collection of native grass seeds by the Mattole Restoration Council to help restore grassland and riparian habitat, and the construction of new trails by the youth crew of AmeriCorps members with the American Conservation Experience.
“This opportunity to get out and do some hands-on restoration work is a great way to start the summer volunteer season,” stated Cheryl Lisin, Board President of Lost Coast Interpretive Association.
The Conservation Lands Foundation will be pursuing other opportunities to help facilitate these kinds of restoration partnerships in communities in California and around the country.