BARSTOW • The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps has partnered with the Bureau of Land Management to work on a community service project in Barstow and the surrounding areas.
Based out of Sacramento, the Silver 2 team began its service at the Desert Discovery Center in January. The Silver 2 team, composed of members between the ages of 18 and 24, will remain in the Mojave Desert for environmental conservation, stewardship and community development projects through March 21.
Natalie Minas said the project's focus is to connect desert communities with the outdoors and help increase eco-friendly tourist options.
According to a news release, the project also will continue the BLM's efforts to reach communities with recreational opportunities and environmental education for their schools.
Minas said the team's first project was in Barstow, where it focused on restoration activities, including painting, landscaping and irrigation transport as well as carving new trails at the Desert Discovery Center.
The crew also has worked on restoring the El Mirage Dry Lake Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area, including fence reconstruction. The Silver 2 team also has worked on restoration activities and put on outreach education events for children in the Juniper Flats area, Minas said.
Next stop for the team is Shoshone, where Minas said the team will work with Amargosa Conservancy to help complete trail work on the Amargosa River and Shoshone Village Trails.
Visit www.nationalservice.gov for more information about the project or the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps.