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Urban Conservation Corps of the Inland Empire

The Southern California Mountains Foundation Urban Conservation Corps is a workforce development program that offers young men and women the chance to serve on our Southern California Mountains and become employable citizens through hard work in environmental conservation.

There are two components to the program. The Urban Conservation Corps targets young adults, ages 18-25, from Inland Empire and National Forest communities and the Urban Youth Conservation Corp targets ages 13-17.

Under the program, young people build workforce skills by participating in meaningful conservation projects that promote stewardship for our environment. In addition to increasing job readiness, these young people also help the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and other public land managers in their work to create healthier public lands.

Typical on-the-job duties include:

Natural Resource Enhancement: Tree planting, stream clearance, erosion control, timber stand improvement, trail construction and maintenance, seed cone collection, and wildlife habitat improvement

Landscaping: Plant identification and propagation, planting, sprinkler and irrigation installation, and nursery operations

To learn more about the Urban Conservation Corps of the Inland Empire contact Andrew Goodman at 909-890-0400.

To date the service to the community, local mountains and communities includes:

  • Corpsmembers built a 1.5 mile nature trail on private forest land in Lake Arrowhead, Eagle Ridge, for public use
  • Recycled 350,000 plastic bottles from the Ivanpah Solar Facility
  • Built a 15-acre fire break in Oak Glen
  • Maintained 20 acres of urban park public lands; 200 urban trees pruned and planted
  • Crews completed recreation inventory monitoring projects at Cucamonga Peak and Magic Mountain Wilderness Areas to help manage these areas and collect data for the Forest Service Ecological Restoration Plan
  • Graduated 13 corpsmembers through the SCMF’s John Muir Charter School
  • Litter abatement in Lytle and Mills Creek
  • Installed protective fencing
  • 300 miles of trails maintained and restored
  • 1,000 pounds of litter collected
  • 7,000 trees planted
  • 300 miles of habitat maintained and restored

Major accomplishments of Corpsmembers include:

  • Earning high school diplomas
  • Enrolling in higher education programs
  • Enrolling in the military
  • Securing new employment
    • Corpsmembers hiking South Antelope Valley for recreation inventory
    • Corpsmembers recognized as honorees of USFS Regional Forester's Honor Award
    • Corpsmembers scaling the mountain
    • Corpsmembers using GPS technology for wilderness area rec inventory
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    • Sandy Bonilla and Bobby Vega, UCC program directors (center), honored at USFS Regional Forester's Honor Awards 2012; flanked by Regional Foresters