2019 NCCC TEAM WRAP-UP
For the third year in a row, SDMB had the pleasure of hosting an Americorps NCCC team. The National Civilian Community Corps is a national service program in which college-age young adults devote 1-2 years to supporting government and nonprofit programs across the country. Previous NCCC teams assisted with completion of the McKenzie Ranch XC Race Venue and Hohokam Trail (2018) and trail building and restoration work at Painted Hills Trails Park (early 2019). To learn more about AmeriCorps NCCC, go to: https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-programs/americorps-nccc
For this team (called Earth 9) we decided to take a collaborative route and work with some of our favorite partner organizations to expand the ways the team could benefit the Tucson trails community. In their time in Tucson, Earth 9 worked with SDMB, Tucson Off-Road Cyclists & Activists (TORCA), the Arizona Trail Association, and Pima County Natural Resources, Parks, & Recreation (NRPR). SDMB submitted the application for the team, provided overall project coordination, and coordinated and paid for housing. Thanks to Homegrown Tours for donating an MTB outing for the team, and huge thanks to our anonymous donor for assisting with housing!
Earth 9 was in Tucson for a total of six weeks.
For week 1 the team participated in a day of orientation and mountain biking courtesy of Homegrown Tours. They spent the rest of the week working with TORCA, doing brushing and tread work on Green Mountain Trail. TORCA reported that they brushed the entire trail from top to bottom and fixed sections of tread that were eroding.
For week 2 the team worked with the Arizona Trail Association. The majority of the week was spent working on the AZT from Molino Saddle to West Spring Tank (on the descent to Milagrosa), with a day spent installing a Super Gate south of Sahuarita with volunteers.
For weeks 3 and 4 the team worked with Pima County NRPR. They did trail maintenance at McKenzie Ranch and helped keep the parking lot in good shape for events, and roughed in nearly a mile of new singletrack at Painted Hills Trails Park.
For weeks 5 and 6 the team worked with SDMB at 100-Acre Wood Bike Park. They removed nearly 40 cubic yards (2 full dumpsters) of trash, cleared a huge pile of African Sumac, helped finish the Green Flow Trail, and started dirt work on the Green XC Trail.
This is your donations and membership dollars at work. Without your contributions, SDMB would not have the funding or staff time to coordinate projects like bringing AmeriCorps NCCC teams to Tucson.
Thanks for all your ongoing support!
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