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Maryland Conservation Corps Receives National Excellence Recognition
Governor O’Malley Lauds Corps Mission, Work
WASHINGTON, D.C. —The Maryland Conservation Corps (MCC) recently received prestigious national ECO-Corps honors from The Corps Network. The Excellence in Corps Operations recognition highlighted the unique and successful elements of the Maryland Conservation Corps, including supportive stakeholder partnerships, high-quality projects, strong corps team and staff leadership, successful budget management and entrepreneurial operation style.
“The citizens of Maryland are proud to share this important honor with our future natural resources leaders and the corps managers that have helped guide their achievements,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “The work ethic and commitment of these young citizens can not be overstated, and give us all reason to be optimistic about the future of our state.”
The Maryland Conservation Corps (MCC) is an award-winning AmeriCorps program that engages young adults in extensive natural resource management and park conservation projects. Managed by the Maryland Park Service since 1984, MCC provides members with opportunities for skill development and personal growth through a supportive, team-based environment, emphasizing the satisfaction of completing projects that benefit Maryland’s natural resources.
Established in 1985, The Corps Network is the voice of the nation’s 113 Service and Conservation Corps. Currently operating in 41 states and the District of Columbia, Corps annually enroll more than 23,000 young men and women who contribute 13 million hours of service every year. Corps annually mobilize approximately 125,000 community volunteers who contributed more than 2.4 million additional hours of service.
For more information about the Maryland Conservation Corps, visit http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/mcc/.
February 14, 2008
Contact: Olivia Campbell
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Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 449,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov