News Release -- Green Mountain National Forest
Sept. 10, 2015
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Rochester, VT (September 10, 2015) – Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) staff and Lexington School for the Deaf administrators in Jackson Heights (Queens), New York have developed a new partnership that will bring a student crew to the National Forest for one week in September, 2015. Funding for the crew is provided by the U.S Forest Service in support of the 21st Century Conservation Corps (21CSC) effort. The 21CSC is a national effort to put thousands of America’s young people and veterans to work protecting, restoring, and enhancing America’s great outdoors.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce students to the role of public land managers while showcasing the Green Mountain National Forest,” said John Sinclair, Forest Supervisor for the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests. Sinclair noted, “We are thankful for the opportunity provided by the 21CSC funding and excited to develop this new partnership with the Lexington School for the Deaf.” The crew will work on a variety of projects while being exposed to the National Forest, Vermont activities, federal careers, and the role of public land managers. While living and working in Vermont, the crew is expected to learn about timber and fisheries management on the National Forest, assist Forest Service staff with recreation oversight, and be exposed to the role of public land managers in overseeing special use permits at large ski areas.
Local communities, businesses and organizations have joined the partnership effort in support of the youth crew. Mountain Top Inn and Resort will work with Forest Service staff to shuttle the students to campsites located on Chittenden Reservoir in a clean-up effort that will highlight watershed management issues. A local sugarhouse will introduce the students to the sugarmaking process while the Liberty Hill Farm in Rochester will provide hands-on farming experiences. The students will also spend a day experiencing activities in Warren, Vermont, to understand the relationship between the Forest Service and special use permit holders, including Clearwater Sports and Sugarbush Resort.
The Lexington School for the Deaf is the largest deaf school in New York State and educates approximately 350 students. The school begins career education in the elementary grades and continues through middle and high school when students explore personal career interests through formal classes, internships, and community service experiences. Partnering with the U.S. Forest Service provides one more avenue for career exploration with Lexington students.