On June 27 and 28 the Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa assisted the City of Milaca with a maintenance project at the public library rain garden and short/dry prairie. Tall prairie grasses like Big Bluestem and Indian Grass had grown very large and were covering the side walk and information signs at the rain garden. The crew dug out the tall grasses and replanted them next to the river at Rec Park where they will protect the river by holding the soil in place and filtering stormwater runoff. The crew also planted native shrubs on the shore of the river to further protect the river and create fish habitat.

Crew Leader April Dembeck from Seattle, Washington did a great job organizing her crew. She was puzzled when asked what had motivated her to join the Conservation Corps. “It just seemed like a great idea.” The crew was from all over the country (including Carter Scheele from nearby St. Cloud) and had a variety of educational experiences before joining the Conservation Corps. Page Siebert from Annapolis, MD said she joined the Corps because she wanted to see a different part of the country. Everyone in the crew, including Jason Dowell from Wheaton , IL indicated that their love of being outdoors made them appreciate the important work they were doing

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