Our 15 NOWCorps members have been busy serving the northern Ohio watersheds and communities through stewardship, conservation, and education since October. You can read more about them below.
We asked some of our members to share with us how their service is going, and here’s what they had to say.
“Hi, my name is Tori and I am currently serving with The Nature Conservancy. My service revolves around managing the lands that TNC is responsible for and collecting data for various projects happening in the region. I enjoy making a direct impact in the environment and people around me. I feel privileged with the ability to maintain these lands and make them more available for both recreationists and the wildlife in the area. Thank you to both The Nature Conservancy and AmeriCorps for allowing me to make a difference (and have a lot of fun doing it)!”
Hi! I’m Evan (they/them) currently serving with NOWCorps as a Natural Resources Technician with Cleveland Metroparks. I’ve been working on a variety of different stewardship actions including tree plantings, invasive plant treatment, deer management, prescribed fire, Hemlock surveys, and even some video editing at many of our parks throughout Cuyahoga county. I serve to learn from the Metroparks staff, and to take an active role in improving local ecosystems for the human and more-than-human communities!
Nikole: I’m proud to serve the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District as an educator with Native Urban Tree Starters program through AmeriCorps. The overlooking of plants and less attractive wild areas could lead to further ecosystem degradation and species loss. Therefore, reestablishing interest with nature through education has become central to my current goals. This Spring/Summer I hope to plant 3,000 native trees around Cuyahoga County.
Joe is serving with the Cleveland Metroparks Trail Crew to improve accessibility and sustainability of the trails within the reservations. His role in tandem with NOWCorps is to construct trail infrastructure that reduces the environmental impact of soil erosion to the Cuyahoga River watershed.
“My name is Dana, and I am proud to serve as a Restoration Team Member with The Nature Conservancy. I love spending each day outdoors where I can see the purpose of my work. Between surveying forests, treating invasive species and restoring habitats, I am excited to know that I make a difference with my service every day.”
We look forward to seeing what else our members will continue to accomplish this year!