Alumni Interview – Robyn Reeder

Congratulations to former Public Lands Stewards (PLS) Intern Robyn Reeder! She is the new Biotechnician at Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

Our Outreach Coordinator Trevor was lucky enough to sit down and talk with Robyn about her new position and how PLS helped her achieve her goals. Continue Reading…

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Am I Still on the River?

In honor of Great Outdoors Month, our AmeriCorps Program Director Aaron Stanton shared this thrilling story of his rescue on the river.

“In 2018 I had the good fortune to raft and kayak the Grand Canyon.  The trip did not end the way I would have liked, but it still changed me. Continue Reading…

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Never Ending Views in Alaska

Working here in Alaska has opened my eyes to natures beauty.  I feel like the learning experiences never stop. From learning about bears and how to stay safe around them, to how to stay safe on an airplane. Continue Reading…

Meet Thomas Carlock – 2021 Public Lands Stewards Intern

Meet Thomas Carlock – 2021 Public Lands Stewards Intern

I grew up in Klickitat County, Washington, an area known for its abundant outdoor activities ranging from alpine climbing on Mt. Adams to kayaking on the White Salmon and Klickitat rivers. From a young age, I grew a passion for the outdoors and learned to appreciate the beautiful area around me.

Meet Ryan Galbreath – 2021 Public Lands Stewards Intern

Meet Ryan Galbreath – 2021 Public Lands Stewards Intern

Hey, I’m Ryan! I’ve spent most of my life outdoors, from trail running, to backpacking, climbing, snowboarding and more. When I hiked the Appalachian Trail back in 2017, I met different trail crews and ended up spending time volunteering with them the following year. That experience stuck with me and I really want to get more involved with outdoor recreation and conservation work to let other’s safely enjoy the great natural areas this country has to offer. I decided to become an intern with Mt. Adams Institute because I completely believe it’s the best step I can take towards making a career with the USFS; both with the experience I’ll gain and the educational award to help me grow even more. The most exciting part of this position is working with the USFS in the national forest while being a part of something I love.

Meet Terrell Sage – 2021 Public Lands Stewards Intern

Meet Terrell Sage – 2021 Public Lands Stewards Intern

My name is Terrell Sage, and I’m from Independence, Missouri. I have a BS in Biology from the University of Missouri – Columbia. I currently live with my wife Emily and our cat Cato. I love spending time outdoors camping and hiking. My wife and I love hiking local trails and we take summer trips visiting the National Parks and seeing the beautiful sites.

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Mt. Adams Institute Receives $1.1 Million in AmeriCorps Funding

Mt. Adams Institute Receives AmeriCorps Grant to Continue Programs

 

Trout Lake, WA – Mt. Adams Institute has received a $1,119,904 grant from AmeriCorps the federal agency responsible for national service and community volunteerism.

This funding will support up to 95 AmeriCorps members across the country participating in Mt. Adams Institute’s career development programs: VetsWork Environment, VetsWork GreenCorps and Public Lands Stewards. These programs are designed to improve recreation, access, and conservation of our natural resources, while launching military veterans and young adults into careers within the public lands management field.

This AmeriCorps grant will allow us to build on a successful history of helping military veterans and young adults find meaningful careers with public lands agencies and other natural resource organizations,” said Brendan Norman, Executive Director of Mt. Adams Institute.

Mt. Adams Institute AmeriCorps members serve on conservation projects such as trail maintenance; visitor engagement, wildlife research, environmental education, geographic information mapping, invasive species monitoring, and community volunteer coordination.

This grant comes as a direct result of the success of the program. Since 2014, 81% of VetsWork participants who completed the program have been offered employment within the field. With this growth, Mt. Adams Institute looks forward to establishing new local partnerships and providing more opportunities for veterans and young adults to experience the outdoors while shaping their career path.

AmeriCorps will provide an additional $470,000 in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for the AmeriCorps members funded by this grant. After completing a full term of service, AmeriCorps members receive an award of approximately $6,300 that they can use to pay for college or to pay off student loans.

For the past year, thousands of AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors members across all 50 states and U.S. territories have continued their service, quickly adapting to meet the changing needs caused by the pandemic. Dedicated members have persisted to support communities as they respond and recover from the impact of COVID-19, developing new ways to deliver the same services to keep both themselves and those they serve safe.

The recently passed American Rescue Plan includes an additional $1 billion for AmeriCorps. The agency will use this investment to expand national service programs into new communities and increase the opportunity for all Americans to serve their country.

Every year, 75,000 AmeriCorps members serve through thousands of nonprofit, community and faith-based organizations across the country. These citizens have played a critical role in the recovery of communities affected by disasters and helped thousands of first-generation college students access higher education. They also tutor and mentor young people, connect veterans to jobs, care for seniors, reduce crime and revive cities, fight the opioid epidemic, and meet other critical needs.

As the federal agency for volunteering and service, AmeriCorps brings people together to tackle the county’s most pressing challenges. Since the agency’s inception in 1994, nearly 1.2 million AmeriCorps members have served the nation.

Mt. Adams Institute matches the grant funding with additional support from project partners, including but not limited to the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Columbia River Gorge National Fish Hatchery Complex, King Conservation District, Oregon State Parks, Willamette Resources and Education Network, and Willamette Riverkeeper.

Locally, VetsWork and Public Lands Stewards AmeriCorps members have provided over 42,000 hours of service at local Gorge sites over the past five years including the Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Columbia River Gorge National Fish Hatchery Complex, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and the Gifford Pinchot and Mt. Hood National Forests.

Mt. Adams Institute is a nonprofit organization with a mission to strengthen the connection between people and the natural world through education, service learning, career development and research. More information about the organization can be found at: mtadamsinstitute.org

AmeriCorps is a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in national service programs. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov .