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    Building Community within the CVA Program

    Community Volunteer Ambassadors

    August 14, 2018 | I moved to DC in February for the Community Volunteer Ambassador (CVA) position.  I moved here with excitement, knowing I would be working in an urban park engaging the surrounding community through volunteerism.

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    Stewards Member Alec Pratt Makes an Impact at Gettysburg National Military Park

    NPS Historic Preservation & Training Center

    August 8, 2018 | This summer has been particularly busy for Alec Pratt, a Stewards member with the NPS Historic Preservation & Training Center serving at Gettysburg National Military Park. The park comprises of six thousand acres of battlefield and buildings that were fought over during July 1863. Each building requires maintenance and condition assessments on a recurring basis, and that is where Alec stepped in. 

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    Stewards VISTA Member Gather for 3-Day Training Pennsylvania

    August 6, 2018 | In early May, 34 Stewards AmeriCorps VISTA members descended on the Capital Retreat Center in Waynesboro, PA for a three-day leadership development training. The Stewards VISTA members met with Stewards staff and VISTA Leader, networked with each other and participated in educational sessions focused on everything from grant writing to securing government jobs. 

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    Member Spotlight: Sam Wallace, Purgatoire Watershed Partnership (AmeriCorps VISTA)

    Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

    August 2, 2018 | This quarter, Stewards VISTA Sam Wallace of Purgatoire Watershed Partnership in Trinidad, CO continued to maintain and expand the River Watch Program which monitors water quality for local rivers. 

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    CVA Member Helps to Increase Volunteer Opportunities

    Community Volunteer Ambassadors

    August 1, 2018 | Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is more than just beaches, with over 50 miles of trails, monthly ranger-led programs, and several species of rare plants. Our volunteers help maintain our park, whether by working in the field to remove bittersweet or staffing the visitor center on busy weekends.

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    Member Spotlight: Jamie Faselt, Glacier Nationa Park/Blackfeet Schools (AmeriCorps VISTA - Tribal)

    Ancestral Lands Program

    August 1, 2018 | “This has been the most fun day, ever! I’m a scientist!” A happy phrase heard by Jamie Faselt, Glacier National Park Tribal VISTA, following a summer program hike. Jamie’s time spent with East Glacier students from early spring through the summer, has definitely made an impact. 

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    Member Spotlight: Kaitlyn McGlamery, USFS Southwest Region in New Mexico (USFS Resource Assistant Program)

    USFS Resource Assistant Program

    July 24, 2018 | Kaitlyn McGlamery is an intern with the U.S. Forest Service’s Resource Assistant Program. She is currently in her second term with the USFS Southwestern Region in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She works primarily with the Special Uses program for the Region’s 11 Forests, determining permit compliance with policy and regulations, screening new permittees, and performing site inspections. 

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    Member Spotlight: Alyssa Fortune (Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program)

    Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program

    July 24, 2018 | Alyssa Fortune has been honing her trade skills with the Historic Preservation Training Center since 2017, when she was a member of the inaugural Traditional Trades Youth Initiative (now known as the Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program). 

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    Member Spotlight: Katie Willi, Ft. Collins, CO (Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance)

    Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance

    Jul 24, 2018 | Katie is currently serving her second term with Stewards in conjunction with the National Park Service. Katie is working with their Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program working on a variety of projects.

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    CVA Member Attends Native Youth Community Adaptation and Leadership Congress 2018

    Community Volunteer Ambassadors

    July 18, 2018 | After conducting her Masters research on indigenous resource use in two villages living around a recently established protected area in southern Guyana, Julie Savage was left questioning some of the ethical and moral components of that research. She persistently wondered about her role as a researcher of indigenous communities, and how her position as a CVA member at Mesa Verde National Park could help her better understand indigenous issues in the United States.