National Park Service
Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, Summer 2020
Project Description: Glade Restoration
Partners: National Park Service
The purpose of our agreement with the National Parks Service is to engage a five (5) member youth crew in projects to restore and enhance the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield landscape. The work may include sawing and chipping woody vegetation, invasive species management, and trail maintenance, etc. as needed. The youth will gain “real world” hands-on experience outside the classroom on natural, cultural, and historical resource projects. This project will advance recommendations in the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield (WICR) Cultural Landscape Report and Environmental Assessment resulting in greater visitor enjoyment and appreciation, and natural resource conservation. The crew will assist the NPS to control invasive plants, clear vegetation, and other activities to restore the battlefield landscape.
Project Update: Watershed Conservation Corps completes three month project at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield to restore and protect the park’s natural and cultural resources. The glade restoration project at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield this summer has been, hands down, the most difficult work we have ever done. Despite this, our WCC crew (Hannah Stinnett, Trey Thompson, Dillan Simmons, Jeremy Graham, Adam Barton, Jeremiah Cline, Chyanne Bowen) worked with precision, tenacity, and fortitude—accomplishing more than the park and we thought possible.
Not only has the WCC restored over 40 acres of glade habitat this summer, areas that will be managed in perpetuity becoming a permanent feature of the park, the crew has added an amazing project to their experiences while gaining industry connections along the way.