This summer, two programs at Bandelier National Monument, the Bandelier Conservation Corps and the Bandelier Preservation Corps, provided local young people the opportunity to learn skills and help improve and maintain the park.
According to Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott, “We hope that the young people participating on these crews will come to have stronger connections to the area, their own cultural backgrounds, and national parks. In addition, in spirit it is a continuation of the 1930s-era Civilian Conservation Corps, which taught young people skills and self confidence and did such valuable work for public lands all across the country.”
This was the sixth year for the Bandelier Conservation Corps.
In finding young people to make up the BCC, the objective is to have enrollees ages 16-25, with diverse local backgrounds.
This year the crew was made up of seven young men and women from Albuquerque, Corrales, Las Cruces, Santa Fe and Pojoaque.
Their first week was orientation, and they participated in other training weekly throughout the 10-week session.