Watershed Conservation Corps

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The Watershed Conservation Corps (WCC) is dedicated to engaging and employing young people in hands-on watershed improvement. The WCC is a pilot program  of the Watershed Committee and are available for hire year-round, though the number of members available may vary throughout the year. The crew can be contracted for projects ranging from a single day, several months or multiple years.


Habitat restoration and improvement:
Pollinator habitat and native plant installations in urban environments
Prairie savanna, glade and other Missouri native habitat types
Forest/woodland management, including timber stand improvements

Vegetation management:
Non-native/native invasive species management
Site management plan development
Prescribed burning
Rain garden installation
Retention basin maintenance
Seed collection and dispersal
Timber stand improvement
Native plant augmentation

Trail maintenance:
Trail construction
Brushing and corridor work
Bench-cutting and grading
Trail erosion and mitigation
Turnpike construction
Blowdowns/crosscut saw work
Basic carpentry
Split-log bridge construction
Boardwalk work

The WCC provides a strong educational component for crew members, focusing on Missouri ecology and safety. Crew members are trained in herbicide application and operate as pesticide technicians under a certified commercial applicator. Crew members are well-versed in invasive species management and are knowledgeable about management methods to tackle invasive species. Crews are trained in wildfire suppression and posses “red cards”. Our program manager is also trained in Wilderness First Aid and is a certified timber harvester.

Our crew is prepared to meet all project needs within the scope of our mission. We provide the following equipment: personal protective equipment, herbicide equipment (ex. backpack sprayers, mixing tanks), chainsaws, STIHL brush-cutters, power tools and hand tools (ex. Pulaskis, pick mattocks, McLeods, rakes, shovels, double/single jacks, wheelbarrows, weed whips and handsaws).

To hire the WCC or to discuss a potential project, please contact Caleb Sanders, WCC Director at 417-425-9320 or [email protected]

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