The duration of this corps will be 52 weeks and will give corps members the workskills needed to enter into the conservation workforce.
Work-skills training is provided through Maryland Forest Service through the Maryland Conservation Corps. Training may include chainsaw, emergency medical responder, introduction to search and rescue, small craft safety, interpretive skills. Other training opportunities are available through Maryland Park Service and will be identified once program begins. Additional training in trail maintenance, minor contruction, and park specific skills are provided on site in a hands-on setting.
Point Lookout Complex (includes Point Lookout, Greenwell, Newtowne Neck, St. Clement’s Island, and St. Mary’s River - all in St. Mary’s County), with other nearby state parks, and on Maryland Conservation Corps projects which may involve some travel.
Work-skills training is provided through Maryland Forest Service through the Maryland Conservation Corps. Training may include chainsaw, emergency medical responder, introduction to search and rescue, small craft safety, interpretive skills.
In additon to trainings listed above, leader and members will learn:
- Basic carpentry
- Basic tool identification, use, safety, and PPE.
- Trail construction and maintenance
- Landscaping and site restoration training
- Proper tree/sapling/seed planting techniques
- Dendrology/botany that provides background for using keys to identify tree/plant native and invasive species
- Seed collection/stratification methods
- Proper limb pruning using collar cuts
- Certified applicator training for herbicides/pesticides
Additional info added 4.22.19
*hazardous tree removal along all trails and developed areas in Point Lookout SP, St. Mary’s River SP, Greenwell SP, and Newtowne Neck SP
*general trail maintenance, bridge and stream stabilization, re-routing, and blazing on trails in Point Lookout Complex Parks
*establish MPS Trail Wayfinding Standards with new signage on trails in PLO Complex Parks
*park facility maintenance and beautification projects (roofing, grounds maintenance, campsite renovations)
*boundary recovery at St Mary’s River State Park
*invasive species removal including phragmites, mimosa, chinese lespedeza, ailanthus, etc. at all PLO Complex Parks with enhanced efforts at St.Clement’s Island SP
*heavy equipment operation
*grow and plant wild celery at St Mary’s River State Park to enrich fish habitat
*construction of new 1.2 mile wooded nature trail at Newtowne Neck SP
*building and installation of new bulletin boards throughout PLO Complex Parks
*tree and pollinator plantings in all PLO Complex Parks
*carpentry projects including construction of footbridges, kiosks, and routered signage
*launch our native growing plan by establishing a program to harvest and stratify seeds, successfully grow plants in a greenhouse, and plant seedlings in all PLO Complex Parks to enhance our upland, coastal, and pollinator habitats.