About Utah Conservation Corps
Who We Are
UCC AmeriCorps members have committed to either 1700-, 900-, or 450-hour terms of service for their country. Our members are typically college students or graduates seeking experience in the fields of natural resource conservation, education, or social services.
What We Do
AmeriCorps members primarily work on
natural resource projects (trail maintenance
and construction, noxious weed removal,
habitat restoration, and fence building) in crews of four to eight members. UCC Americorps members are also active in environmental education, literacy tutoring, barn and historic building rehabilitation, National Service Days, and community volunteer projects.
History of UCC
Utah has a long history of youth completing needed natural resource projects with the Civillian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s and the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) in the 1970s. These programs built trails, roads, bridges, and other landmarks that are still used today. In 1933 the National and Community Service Trust Act was signed creating a means for thousands of people to serve their country through AmeriCorps. With the success of AmeriCorps many conservation corps were formed and still currently serve nearby in Colorado, Montana, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada. Utah, having a large amount of public land, was an ideal place to create a corps to benefit natural resources.
The UCC was developed by a group of committed citizens that formed a steering committee in the fall of 1999. This representation of Utah State University faculty and staff, public land managers, AmeriCorps members, AmeriCorps alumni, local educators, volunteers, and non-profit directors explored how the creation of a conservation corps could benefit the community and environment. The steering committee recommended the UCC have a broad mission that would address needs in natural resources, conservation education, literacy, and community volunteerism.
The steering committee, headed by Sean Damitz and Keith Shaw, wrote an AmeriCorps grant proposal in the winter of 2000. The grant proposal was successful and the UCC began operation at Utah State University's Outdoor Recreation Center with its first group of AmeriCorps members in January 2001. At that time, the UCC became a member of the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps (NASCC), an organization committed to the creation, development, and advocacy of the corps movement.
UCC members continue to be ha huge part of the solution by building trails, restoring habitat, and working hard to make a difference in National Parks and Forests. Members have also worked with a variety of non-profit conservation organizations including the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation and the Utah Society for Environmental Education.
The Utah Conservation Corps is based in Logan Utah at Utah State University. We also have field offices in Salt Lake City and Moab.
Utah Conservation Corps
7205 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322
Salt Lake City Field Office:
824 South 400 West, Suite B121
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Moab Field Office:
125 West 200 South
Moab Utah 84532