AmeriCorps NCCC Helps Turn Airfield into Wetlands

Team Blue 7 of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) has completed the first of seven weeks helping to restore the Hamilton Wetlands in Novato, CA. Blue 7, a team of thirteen members, works Monday through Friday from 7am until 3:30pm. So far the team has planted over 1,000 plants including Typha, Juncus, and Salecornia, commonly known as Cattails, Rush, and Pickleweed. The team has also been learning about the different types of species they are working with and the wetlands they are helping to restore. Blue 7 is the third team of AmeriCorps to be working with the Hamilton Wetlands Restoration Project (HWRP) and they are having an amazing time! To give a brief background on what AmeriCorps is and the work they do, AmeriCorps NCCC is an organization of 18-24 year olds doing community service all over the country for a period of ten months. The types of projects they work on are disaster relief, environmental, education, and infrastructure. On average they travel throughout the states of their designated region volunteering their services to the areas aforementioned.

The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and its FEMA Corps units engage 2,800 young Americans in a full-time, 10-month commitment to service each year. AmeriCorps NCCC members address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, and urban and rural development. The programs are administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS is the federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.