Conservation group sees growth since founding
The Great Appalachian Valley Conservation Corps continues to grow three years after it began conservation work across the region, according to Program Director Zach Foster.
The nonprofit is based in New Market, but plans to soon move its headquarters to Harrisonburg.
Staff — along with volunteers consisting of older teens and young adults — are assigned to a variety of projects, including trail repairs, habitat improvement and natural disaster response.
"One thing that I've found is this is a community that supports volunteerism and the ethic of service and stewardship," said Foster.
Last summer, GAVCC used money from the National Park Foundation and put in more than 2,300 hours to improve access to trails in Shenandoah National Park. The eight-week endeavor included clearing brush and stone work.
The nonprofit, which does work from Pennsylvania to North Carolina, is a member of Conservation Legacy — a nationwide network which promotes local action to produce widespread impacts on communities.