YCC hits the trails this summer

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By Jennifer Garcia

Trails in Los Alamos are getting a bit of a facelift thanks to the Youth Conservation Corps.

Youth from Española, Los Alamos and Pojoaque hit the trails Monday to begin their arduous task of fixing problems on and maintaining current trails.

It’s been a while since Los Alamos had a Youth Corps group. The last one existed in 2001, after the Cerro Grande fire.

That group consisted of four crews, of which half hailed from Los Alamos and half were from Española. Two crews focused on the play lots around town, while the other two crews worked on rehabilitating and rebuilding trails.

During that time, Sierra Argo served as a crew leader for one of the trail crew teams. Today, Argo serves as the Youth Director at the Family YMCA.

“That summer job is what has me doing the work I do today. It’s why I got the master’s I did and it’s what brought me to the YMCA in the first place for the YES Corps (Y Earth Service) program,” Argo said.

Argo said during the summer of 2001, the groups built bridges, learned to survey sites, made public service announcements relating to home fire safety and forest health and learned job skills such as community building through service, cooperation and leadership.

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