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AmeriCorps workers help out in Coralville

CORALVILLE (KWWL)-- Brittney Green and her AmeriCorps team have had their work cut out for them since coming to Coralville Lake six weeks ago.

"We've been doing timber stand improvments.  We've cleaned up all the campgrounds at Coralville Lake.  We go through, we check all the fire pits and the picnic tables," Green said.

On Friday, this ten member team was in the process of setting control lines around the perimeter of a 17 acre burn when bad news arrived.

Forecasts called for wind gusts of over 30 mph, shutting down the burn effort.

So, it is on to another task for Green and the group, who have learned to be patient and flexible in their time in the AmeriCorps program.

"It's just the fact that you have to be able to change gears and to switch. The whole purpose of the project is to help your sponsor," Green said.

Natural resource specialist Mary Sue Bowers is the team's sponser.  She says she is inspired by the passion they put into their work.

"It gives me a lot of joy and satisfaction to know that there's youth out there with their energy and interest and enthusiasm."

The value of the team's hard work will be felt outside the 24 thousand acres of Coralville Lake.

The team is in Coralville on the government's dime, as part of an awarded grant, working to maintain and restore natural areas that would otherwise be ignored.

"Hopefully ensure [these areas] will survive for the next generation of kids that come up and grow up in Iowa," Bowers said.

The work by these AmeriCorps volunteers has been a blessing for the underfunded natural resources program, looking to fill its needs.

Online Reporter:  Jason Epner


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