News Archive

2014

  1. AZCC- New Name for CREC and SCC Tucson
    Dear friends and partners, It is with great excitement we share with you that Southwest Conservation Corps Sonoran Desert Office (SCC) and the Coconino Rural Environment Corps (CREC) have recently joined forces as Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC). Both programs are well known in the Southwest and have a strong and vibrant history. Read more...

2013

  1. AmeriCorps Week is Coming
    Join CREC in the celebration of all things AmeriCorps! March 9th - 17th is AmeriCorps Week. Stay tuned for a schedule of events. Read more...
  2. Youth Crew Shadows CREC Crew
    Last week, a youth crew from the Nature Conservancy in Silver City, New Mexico passed through Flagstaff and visited with one of our NACC crews. The youth crew is studying ecological restoration and forest health and while they are well versed in the subject area, they’ve been limited on field experience. Read more...
  3. Alex Hreha Corpsmember of the Year
    Alex Hreha was recognized as one of six Corpsmembers of the Year, this February, in Washington D.C. as part of The Corps Network’s National Conference. Read more...
  4. Mayor Nabours Recognizes CREC and National Service in Flagstaff
    On April 9th, 832 mayors from big cities to small towns and everything in between participated in the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. Mayor Nabours, from the City of Flagstaff, read a proclamation at City Hall, recognizing the AmeriCorps programs in Flagstaff. Read more...
  5. CREC Heads to Oklahoma
    A CREC crew was dispatched today to Oklahoma to assist with a disaster relief effort for two weeks. Our crew of five will team up with other AmeriCorps programs to support FEMA Volunteer and Donations recovery efforts in partnership with the State Emergency Management and Oklahoma VOAD. Read more...
  6. Ambassadors to Patrol Oak Creek Corridor for Summer
    Those of us who enjoy summer afternoons along Oak Creek will soon meet a new group of advocates for clean water and healthy recreation practices. The Oak Creek Ambassador program kicked off July 1, introducing a community outreach effort focused on building awareness of the impact of recreation activities on the quality of water and health of Oak Creek. Read more...
  7. Another YCC Season Wraps Up
    CREC’s Youth Conservation Corps wrapped up the season with graduation on July 26th. We graduated 23 youth, eleven of which were graduates of the 2012 YCC season and had returned for their second season. Read more...
  8. Oak Creek Symposium a Success!
    The Oak Creek Symposium in October was a hit. Ricky Duran, a CREC AmeriCorps Corpsmember, organized the two day event with the support of CREC, Oak Creek Watershed Council and U.S. Read more...

2012

  1. CREC and Philan Tree at The Corps Network Annual Conference
    At The Corps Network Annual Conference, Philan Tree, was honored along with five of her peers from around the County as Corpsmembers of the Year for 2011 for her work with Energy Conservation Corps. Philan received special recognition for all of her work with the Navajo Nation. Read more...
  2. CREC Volunteers for National Trails Day
    On June 2, 2012 CREC joined the Flagstaff Ranger District and the Flagstaff community to work on the Loop Trail, a 42-mile trail circumnavigating the city of Flagstaff. Over 200 people volunteered to work on a 1.5 mile stretch of trail for a few hours and then enjoyed a barbecue spread. Read more...
  3. YCC Begins at CREC
    Scattered across the state of Arizona you will find youth ages 15 to 18 hard at work, building trails, fences and removing noxious weeds as part of CREC's Youth Conservation Corps. The YCC crews this summer are based out of Flagstaff, Williams, Fredonia and the Verde Valley and led by mentors ages 18 to 25. Read more...
  4. CREC Adds Four New Crews to the Mix
    Fall is a busy season here at CREC and we added four crews to our current crews for a total of eight. The first week of October we met 28 new faces and sent them through a few weeks of training. Read more...
  5. Alex Hreha receives national honor from CREC
    A member of the Coconino Rural Environment Corps (CREC) has been honored by the nationwide Corps Network. CREC is a local Flagstaff conservation corps administered by the Coconino County Community Services Department. Read more...

2011

  1. CREC Corpsmember Honored by The Corps Network
    The Coconino Rural Environment Corps (CREC), a conservation corps program administered by the Coconino County Community Services Department, is pleased to announce that one of their own members was selected Corpsmember of the Year by Corps Network. Tyler Rose was selected as one of six Corpsmembers nationwide to receive the honor. Read more...
  2. Corpsmembers Complete WFA
    One May 16th, we welcomed back Corpsmembers returning for second and third terms and welcomed new Corpsmembers from Flagstaff and as far away as Pennsylvania. The CMs endured a five day orientation in our classroom and engaged in our Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course. Read more...
  3. Guardian Air Helicopter Flight Crew Educates CREC Corpsmembers
    On April 11, 2011, CREC Corpsmembers greeted the flight crew of Guardian Air. The group of 10 crowded around in anticipation of the helicopter landing, waving excitedly as it circled the parking lot. Read more...
  4. CREC Runs for Willow Bend
    On April 2nd, CREC staff members and friends hit the pavement for the Second Annual Willow Bend Fun Run. It was a beautiful spring morning and great day to jog around the Northern Arizona University campus, and while the "race" was certainly a fun challenge, the best part of the run was finishing as a team. Read more...
  5. National Trails Day!
    Join CREC as we celebrate National Trails Day this Saturday, June 4th! We will be working alongside the Coconino National Forest Peaks Ranger District, and various other Flagstaff community groups, to construct one more mile of the historic Arizona National Scenic Trail. For more information about the event you can click here. Read more...
  6. CREC celebrates fitness at the Coconino County Wellness Carnival
    Members of CREC joined in with various other county employees to enjoy the Wellness Carnival at Thorpe Park Thursday afternoon. Members visited booths to try their hands at ring toss and answered trivia questions about tobacco cessation and cardiac health. Read more...
  7. Community Response Crew
    Monsoons are in full swing and while we gladly welcome the rains to end our fire flourishing drought, we need to prepare for potential floods. Last years Schultz Fire burned thousands of acres and the monsoon rain that followed brought tons of loose soil and rocks down the mountain and into the flood plain on the east side of Flagstaff. Read more...
  8. CREC Participates in National Day of the Cowboy.
    The City of Flagstaff in conjunction with the Coconino Natural Resource Conservation District celebrated the National Day of the Cowboy this past Saturday, July 16. The mission of the National Day of the Cowboy is to contribute to the preservation of the American Cowboy heritage so that the history and culture which the United States Congress's National Day of the Cowboy resolution honors, can be shared and perpetuated for the public good, through education, the arts, celebrations, gatherings, rodeos, and community activities. Read more...
  9. Another Summer Comes to an End
    As we welcome August, we can see another school year on the horizon which means it is time to say goodbye to our summer Corpsmembers. We successfully graduated fifty-four members this past Friday in two separate ceremonies. Read more...
  10. CREC Community Response Crew Featured on Channel 12 News
    Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer, visited the Shultz Fire area yesterday, July 20th. She was interested in all the steps being taken to restore the land and reduce the likelihood of flooding. Read more...
  11. OHV Ambassador Program
    CREC welcomes Robert Cline our new Off Highway Vehicle Ambassador Coordinator. Robert will manage the Arizona OHV Ambassador Program, a group of volunteers that enjoy responsible off road motorized travel. Read more...
  12. CREC Cleans Up Avenue for NPLD
    This past Saturday, September 24th, was the 18th Annual National Public Lands Day. National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands in the United States. Read more...
  13. October Orientation
    It's hard to believe it is already fall. The aspens are changing to their golden hue here in Flagstaff and the mornings are becoming crisp and cool. Read more...
  14. 2011 Year End Graduation
    It seems like just yesterday our 1700 hour and 900 hour Corpsmembers started at CREC. Complete strangers they were nervous and excited about their upcoming season. Read more...
  15. The Corps Network`s Corpsmember of the Year
    CREC would like to congratulate Philan Tree on her recent recognition as one of The Corps Network's Corpsmembers of the Year! Philan was nominated by CREC for all her tireless efforts in developing, implementing and promoting CREC's Energy Conservation Corps on the Navajo Reservation. Philan was chosen from hundreds of applicants for this honor. Read more...

2010

  1. CREC CREWS GRADUATE!
    On Friday, April 9th, CREC graduated four AmeriCorps crews from the Northern Arizona Conservation Corps program. These crews started back in October and accomplished some great conservation work during their six-month session. Read more...
  2. EARTH DAY SERVICE PROJECT
    Corpsmembers and CREC staff recently attended the City of Flagstaff's Earth Day Celebration on April 17th. The morning service project, organized by CREC, drew sixty volunteers from the community, with CREC members representing over half of the volunteers. Read more...
  3. CREC TEAM RUNS FOR WILLOW BEND
    On Saturday, March 27th, eight CREC staff, crew supervisors, Corpsmembers and alumni ran in the NAU Fun Run that benefitted Willow Bend Environmental Education Center. The entire team ran in the 8K fun run in support of environmental education in Northern Arizona. Read more...
  4. YCC starts! Local Youth for Local Land
    CREC's Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program started its sixth season on June 6th. This year CREC's YCC will have crews on the ground in the communities of Flagstaff, Sedona, Williams, and Fredonia. Read more...
  5. ECC Trains Navajo Corpsmembers for Service
    The ECC is building new opportunities for community service and local jobs with the Navajo Nation. Two crews, recruited from Leupp, Tolani Lake, and Birdsprings, are heading out into their communities to begin weatherization retrofits and to complete more extensive projects that were started by the Navajo Weatherization Project. Read more...
  6. ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: MARK HUBER
    Mark Huber is a CREC alum from 2008 and recently dropped a line to CREC about his current doings. "Right now I am working as an AmeriCorps Vista in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Read more...
  7. CREC Featured in Local Media
    The Bureau of Land Management placed an article in the local paper, Kingman Daily Miner, regarding CREC's trail work on the Monolith Garden Trail. Please click here to read the article.. Read more...
  8. CREC Volunteers at National Trails Day
    On Saturday, June 5th, over 50 CREC staff, members, alumni and the CREC office dog found themselves out on the trail volunteering their time to build a new stretch of the Arizona Trail for National Trails Day. National Trails Day is an annual event to promote and inspire trails and trail enthusiasts. Read more...
  9. Vice President Joe Biden Visits CREC
    On Tuesday July 27, 2010 Vice President Joe Biden visited Grand Canyon National Park as part of a tour designed to highlight the effectiveness of projects within the National Park system funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Vice President spoke at Hopi Point on the Canyon’s South Rim to a small crowd of elected officials, Park Service staff and CREC’s 8-person summer Grand Canyon crew. Read more...
  10. CREC and SCC Recognized
    On January 8th, 2010 the Phoenix District BLM celebrated the completion of its 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects on the Black Canyon National Recreation Trail. CREC, along with Southwest Conservation Corps, was granted stimulus funds from BLM through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Read more...
  11. CREC Field Staff Attends Rigging Training
    On February 9th, CREC field coordinators Chris Ives and Pat Kelly, along with CREC training, education, and risk management coordinator Alan Kaufmann had the pleasure of traveling down to Black Canyon City to participate in a rigging training with a true expert of the field, Lester Kenway. Lester, after working many years with the Maine Conservation Corps, is now the proprietor of Trail Services LLC and a pioneer of rigging practice for trail work. Read more...
  12. CREC Trains 2010 Leadership Teams
    During the week of January 11th, CREC started training its 2010 leadership teams comprised of crew supervisors and assistant crew leaders in preparation for the next year of CREC conservation crews. The training took place at Black Canyon City with a BLM trail project. Read more...
  13. CREC Starts the First of its 2010 Conservation Crews
    On January 18th, CREC started five new crews--the first of 2010. Out of the 35 new member positions, 17 Corpsmembers were returning from previous CREC terms and 18 new Corpsmembers secured their positions through a very competitive recruitment process. Read more...
  14. Coconino County Safety Award
    On February 2nd CREC training, education, and risk management coordinator Alan Kaufmann received the Coconino County Safety Award in the category of “Building Safety into the Culture.” Tasha Wilson, County safety specialist, presented the award. Alan was nominated for this award due to his work over the past year on three aspects of the CREC wilderness medicine program: • Alan established and developed a working relationship with a local Nurse Practitioner, Wyatt Woodard, to advise CREC on medical policies and procedures. Read more...
  15. 2010 Corps Network Forum
    During the week of February 7th, CREC's program manager, Dustin Woodman, with senior coordinators Jeff Davis and Allison Laramee, attended the 2010 Corps Network Forum in Washington D.C. In addition to braving the unprecedented blizzards that D.C. Read more...
  16. CREC Field Education
    As part of the new and improved CREC education curriculum, staff members are now heading into the field to share their skills and knowledge with Corpsmembers. This week, a crew clearing trails in the Mazatzal Mountains in the Tonto National Forest learned about edible and medicinal plants. Read more...
  17. ECC Break Out the Big (Caulking) Guns
    After a week of CREC orientation and additional energy efficiency training, the first Energy Conservation Corps (ECC) crew performed a Tier I; type retrofit at the Flagstaff Family Food Center (FFFC) on March 3rd. The ECC joined forces with the Weatherization and Community-Building Action Team (WACBAT), a student-based organization from Northern Arizona University. Read more...
  18. New Grand Canyon Energy Conservation Corps Crew
    Grand Canyon National Park’s historic River Ranger Station, located along the Colorado River near Phantom Ranch, will soon get a face lift. A National Park Service maintenance crew, along with a CREC Energy Conservation Corps (ECC) crew is completing the work. Read more...
  19. CREC Volunteers
    In conjunction with AmeriCorps week, several CREC Corpsmembers volunteered their time last week to paint the Murdoch Community Center in downtown Flagstaff. The fresh coat of paint is in preparation for a mural to be painted later this summer. Read more...
  20. Summer NACC Crews Start
    During the week of May 17th,18 new Northern Arizona Conservation Corps (NACC) members started a three-month AmeriCorps term with CREC. These new recruits attended CREC's new member orientation gaining certifications in Leave No Trace, Wilderness First Aid, CPR, with additional trainings in land navigation, healthy back and hydration, history of the Civilian Conservation Corps and CREC policy and procedures. Read more...
  21. June Graduation!
    On June 25th, 16 CREC Corpsmembers completed their AmeriCorps term and celebrated with a graduation barbeque. Graduating Corpsmembers, alumni, friends and CREC staff played games, enjoyed burgers and a fantastic slideshow filled with highlights from the past six months. This graduation was also the start of a new CREC tradition in which graduating crews add their framed crew picture to the CREC HQ "Wall of Fame." At the CREC HQ there is an entire wall dedicated to all of the crews over the years that have graduated CREC programming. Individual crew names are highlighted with the year they served noted as well. Read more...
  22. Summer Six-Month Crews Start
    CREC recently hired 14 new Corpsmembers for six-month terms. They have just completed two weeks of orientation and training, including: • A two-hour Leave No Trace training, learning low-impact camping techniques • Wilderness First Aid and CPR, a 16-hour class on dealing with emergencies far from definitive medical care • A four-hour Land Navigation training with Sedona’s Al Cornell (always a favorite) and • CREC’s 40-hour Trail Construction and Maintenance skills training, conducted in the field on the Coconino National Forest while building a new section of the Arizona Trail. Read more...
  23. 2010 Youth Conservation Corps Finishes a Great Season
    On July 23, 2010 the four Youth Conservation Corps crews administered by CREC got together to celebrate their achievements and to give their parents, their project partners, and CREC staff a chance to commend them for a job well done. Over the course of six weeks, YCC Corpsmembers built new trail, brushed miles and miles of existing trails, installed and repaired fences in burn areas and riparian corridors, built rock retaining walls and spillways for soil stabilization and water catchment, bucked hay, marked trees for thinning, surveyed bat habitats, and removed noxious weeds from many acres of public land. Read more...
  24. CREC Recycles at the Coconino County Fair
    CREC, in partnership with the Coconino County Parks and Recreation Department, is pleased to announce the third year of sustainable initiatives taken place at the 2010 County Fair over Labor Day weekend. This year, seven CREC members assisted fairgoers in separating over two tons of recyclables from trash! In addition, CREC’ers monitored five recycling stations strategically located around the fairgrounds. Read more...
  25. CREC ECC Crew North Rim Project
    The restoration of five NPS cabins and one shower building at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is in full swing. These cabins were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and are being structurally restored on the exterior by one of CREC’s Energy Conservation Corps crews. Read more...
  26. CREC Adopts Flagstaff Avenue
    CREC has adopted an avenue! In an effort to keep our neighborhood beautiful, we have adopted Old Rt. 66. Read more...
  27. Make a Difference Day
    CREC volunteered on Saturday October 23rd for Make a Difference Day. Corpsmembers worked with members of the community to deconstruct a fence and restore the Flagstaff Urban Trail System behind Fox Glenn Park. Read more...
  28. Adopt a Avenue Clean up
    On October 21st, CREC took to the streets. CREC staff and Corpsmembers devoted two hours for litter clean up on the CREC adopted avenue, Old Route 66. Read more...
  29. Corps Rendezvous 2010
    During the week of October 12th, Megan Gray (CREC Corpsmember Support Specialist) and Alan Kaufmann (Training, Education and Risk Management Coordinator) drove all the way up to the Colorado Firecamp in Salida, Colorado to attend the Corps Rendezvous, an annual gathering of program staff from conservation corps from around the country. This year’s Rendezvous was the biggest yet, with attendees coming from as far away as Maine, Vermont, Seattle and Los Angeles. Read more...
  30. New ECC Program Specialist
    CREC would like to introduce Sam Parker as the new program specialist for CREC's Energy Conservation Corps (ECC). Before Sam's recent promotion, he led CREC’s ECC crews in the highly successful cabin renovations on the North and South Rims of the Grand Canyon this past year. Read more...
  31. CREC Field Education
    A CREC crew working on a fencing project at Petrified Forest National Park spent an educational evening learning how to make bows out of fresh-cut saplings (which were harvested outside of the Park, of course!). Alan Kaufmann, CREC’s Training and Education Coordinator, demonstrated how to select an appropriate sapling, “see the bow” in the wood, and carve the sapling into a bowstave. Read more...
  32. CREC Appreciation 2010
    Valued Friends and Partners of CREC, Moments ago, the Coconino Rural Environment Corps (CREC) concluded our 2010 winter graduation ceremony during which nearly 40 Corpsmembers, Assistant Crew Leaders and Crew Supervisors celebrated the completion of their six and 12 month service terms. Because of you, CREC continues to promote conservation and stewardship ethics, and provide life and job skill development opportunities for members like these, while accomplishing many of Arizona’s priority natural and cultural resource stewardship goals. Read more...

2009

  1. CREC Attends 2009 National Conference
    Over the week of June 22nd, CREC Program Manager Dustin Woodman, Business Manager Robin Mosness, and Corpsmembers Sarah Hunt and Brian Anderson attended the 2009 National Conference on Volunteerism and Service held in San Francisco, California. Co-convened by the Corporation for National and Community Service and Points of Light Institute, the hallmark event was a true demonstration of Civic - Energy - Generation. Read more...
  2. Five New Crews Join CREC for the 2009 Season
    CREC recently hired 35 Corpsmembers and five Supervisors for six-month and year-long terms. They have just completed two weeks of orientation and training, including: -Leave no Trace - Wilderness First Aid and CPR - Land Navigation Training - CREC's 50-hour Chainsaw Safety Training Course and CREC's 50-hour Trails Training . Read more...
  3. CREC Welcomes Tom Helmer as Head of Field Operations
    Tom Helmer joined the CREC team to direct our Field Operations. Tom comes to us from the Northwest Youth Corps, based in Eugene, Oregon, where he worked for the past six years. Read more...
  4. CREC Thanks the Coconino County IT Department
    The Coconino Rural Environment Corps would like to extend a huge thank you to Coconino County's IT Department for their help in building CRECs new Corpsmember Computer Lounge. For several years, CREC has had a goal of making regular computer access available to Corpsmembers, but has lacked the resources to do so. Read more...
  5. 2009 National Trails Day a Huge Success
    CREC, along with Coconino County Parks and Recreation, Flagstaff Biking Organization, Coconino National Forest, and several other community organizations celebrated National Trails Day on June 6 by building new trail along the Loop Trail and ¾ of a mile was completed. CREC contributed over 50 volunteers to this spectacular event. Read more...
  6. CREC Featured in National and Local News Media
    CREC is mentioned in an article about the Stimulus Package that appeared in Sunday’s Arizona Republic on July 5th, 2009. You can find the article here: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/07/05/20090705stim-jobs0705.html  Also, there’s a picture of a CREC crew working at the Grand Canyon in an article about the Stimulus Package that appears in this week’s TIME Magazine. Read more...
  7. CREC Hires First Recovery Crews
    On July 7, 2009 the Coconino Rural Environment Corps began their first crews funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. 25 new AmeriCorps National Service Volunteers began their two-week orientation and job skills training curriculum and will be serving northern Arizona over the next six months building and maintaining trails, protecting rural communities from wildfire, and restoring native plant and animal habitat. Read more...
  8. CREC Graduates Summer Session Crews
    On August 7th CREC graduated its three 450-hour Summer Session crews! The ceremony took place at CREC headquarters where the crews enjoyed barbeque prepared by CREC staff members. CREC would like to congratulate Tom Boess, Rae Lynn, Zach Davidson, Derek Gast,  Zoe Gordon, Wiiliam Gundrum,  Mitch Jacobs, Josh Landes, Greg Lenard, Josh Moore, Cale Parrish, Connor Reveley, Marshall Ruffenach, Matt Stagner, Jeff Urdang, Wes Walker, Elise Washburn, Cole Watson, and Max Wolckenhauer for a great, hardworking summer season. Read more...
  9. Corpsmembers Receive CERT Training
    The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during hands-on exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. Read more...
  10. Aaron Crouse is Corps Network Corpsmember of the Year
    Coconino Rural Environment Corps (CREC) is pleased to announce that Aaron Crouse has been chosen by The Corps Network as a Corpsmember of the Year. The Corps Network bestows this honor on approximately six AmeriCorps members, chosen from nearly 26,000 participants from the 136 programs across 42 states. Read more...
  11. CREC featured on Marketplace from American Public Media
    On Wednesday, March 25th CREC Program Manager, Dustin Woodman, appeared on American Public Media’s Marketplace in an interview with host Kai Ryssdal. Mr. Read more...
  12. Members Chosen for Arizona State Leadercorps Program
    CREC is proud to announce that three of our members were accepted into the Arizona Sate 2009 LeaderCorps program. The Arizona LeaderCorps program was founded in 1995 to promote, develop and challenge AmeriCorps National Service members to plan, organize and implement trainings and other opportunities to foster an ethic of service. Read more...
  13. CREC Graduates Two 900-Hour AmeriCorps Crews
    On March 20th, CREC celebrated the graduation of two six-month crews: Dutch Lovin’ and Los Pirates De la Norte. These crews, which started in September, completed a variety of projects during their term, including trail work near Sonoita, fencing and trail work on the Red Rock District, thinning wildfire fuels in Williams and cutting Tamarisk in Yuma. Read more...
  14. Earth Day 2009
    Throughout the world, Earth Day is recognized as the symbol of environmental responsibility and stewardship. In these environmentally challenging times, we at CREC recognize the increased need for sustainable actions. Read more...
  15. CREC Welcomes New Staff Member
    CREC would like to welcome Chris Ives as a new member of the CREC staff. Chris's first task is to be the primary field support of the YCC program this summer, after which he will offer leadership and technical support to our NACC crews. Read more...
  16. National Trails Day 2009
    CREC, along with Coconino County Parks and Recreation, Flagstaff Biking Organization, Coconino National Forest, and several other community organizations will be celebrating National Trails Day on June 6 building new trail along the Loop Trail. Everyone is invited to this spectacular event where you will learn how to use trail tools, construct new trail, enjoy a free lunch and potentially win tons of cool prizes. Read more...
  17. CREC Youth Conservation Crews Start!
    The CREC YCC program is going into its 6th year of operation on June 7, 2009. CREC will be fielding youth crews in the communities of Flagstaff, Sedona, Williams, Fredonia, and at the Petrified Forest National Park. Read more...
  18. CREC Finishes up a Successful 2009 YCC Season
    CREC's Youth Conservation Corps recently turned in their tools and hard hats after celebrating the completion of another summer of hard work and personal growth. The seven week session culminated with a graduation event at CREC headquarters. Read more...
  19. CREC Graduates Summer Session Crews
    On August 7th CREC graduated its three 450-hour Summer Session crews! The ceremony took place at CREC headquarters where the crews enjoyed barbeque prepared by CREC staff members. CREC would like to congratulate Tom Boess, Rae Lynn, Zach Davidson, Derek Gast, Zoe Gordon, Wiiliam Gundrum, Mitch Jacobs, Josh Landes, Greg Lenard, Josh Moore, Cale Parrish, Connor Reveley, Marshall Ruffenach, Matt Stagner, Jeff Urdang, Wes Walker, Elise Washburn, Cole Watson, and Max Wolckenhauer for a great, hardworking summer season. Read more...
  20. Utah Conservation Corps ECO Renewal
    CREC staff member Jeff Davis and Tanya Simpson from The Corps Network were in Logan, Utah recently with the Utah Conservation Corps for their Excellence in Corps Operations re-certification. Wendy Wigert of the Montana Conservation Corps also played a vital role in the review, although she could not make it in person. Read more...
  21. Environmentally Friendly Chainsaw Bar Oil
    CREC is known for its huge cache of Stihl chainsaws. CREC currently owns 70 chainsaws used for its various conservation projects. Read more...
  22. CREC Green Up the County Fair!
    CREC, in partnership with Coconino County Parks and Recreation, is pleased to announce the second year of sustainable initiatives at the 2009 County Fair over Labor Day weekend. The new program is called Team Green and the goal is to not only provide fair goers with a great experience, but to also help ensure a healthy and sustainable future for Coconino County. Read more...
  23. Saws That Sing
    The CREC Field Operations staff has been hard at work learning the skills and building the infrastructure necessary to sharpen our own crosscut saws. The crosscut saw is a traditional tool which remained the standard of loggers across the country until the post Second World War years when it was rendered obsolete by the advent of the single person chainsaw. Read more...
  24. CREC Starts Four New Fall Crews
    On October 5th, CREC hired 28 new Corpsmembers. With these hires, partially funded through the Recovery Act (ARRA), CREC now has ten adult crews in the field—our highest number ever. Read more...
  25. CREC Improves Wilderness Medicine Programs
    CREC is proud to announce the implementation of several new initiatives to enhance the safety of our crews in the field. Over the past two years, Alan Kaufmann, CREC's Training, Education and Risk Management Coordinator, has brought much of the first aid training of our Corpsmembers in-house, and also has developed a physician advisor relationship with a local Nurse Practitioner, Wyatt Woodard. Read more...
  26. CREC ECO Re-Certification Visit a Success
    The CREC program just went through The Corps Network ECO re-certification process during the week of October 19th. Excellence in Corps Operations (ECO) is a self-assessment and peer review process which recognizes Corps making a commitment to high-quality standards and continuous improvement. Read more...