Great Lakes Conservation Corps finishes orientation

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Great Lakes Conservation Corps this year includes 22 seasonal employees, consisting of six different crews, who will travel around the Upper Peninsula, Lower Peninsula, Wisconsin, Montana and Canada this summer.

Monday was the final day of the GLCC orientation. GLCC members consist of mostly 18-25 year olds, who will be working on bettering the environment while getting hands-on experience in the conservation field.

“Projects will be ranging from dune restoration and environmental monitoring, recreation, so trail building projects. Kind of across the board environmental and conservation projects,” said Great Lakes Conservation Corps Program Manager, Emily Leach.

Projects around Marquette include planting a native garden at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans, habitat restoration along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail, and dune and habitat restoration around Harlow Lake.

Project partners include the U.S. Forest Service, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission (CUPPAD), Munising Bay Trails Network, Big Bay Pathway, all five Native American tribes in the U.P., Native American tribes in the northern Lower Peninsula, the city of Marquette, Travel Marquette, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Interested volunteers may contact for more information.

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