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MASON CITY — Barry Stecker of Mason City recently completed a 10-month service term with Conservation Corps Minnesota, a nonprofit organization that engages young people in hands-on service managing natural resources, conserving energy and responding to disasters. 

From late January through December, 143 young adults 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.

Stecker served on a crew of four in Rochester, Minn. He completed habitat-restoration projects in Nerstrand Big Woods State Park, John A. Latsch State Park, Frontenac State Park, Bluffland State Trail and other public lands in the area. 

The Conservation Corps is hiring for the 2012 program year. Corps crews of four to six members are based in 18 locations throughout Minnesota, completing projects on public lands.

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. 

Interested applicants should apply at www.conservationcorps.org/apply or contact recruitment coordinator Carissa Butler at 651-209-9900, extension 31, for more information.


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