A team of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members will be restoring the Delta Woodland Trail at Lake Chicot State Park.

The group of 10 young adults arrived on November 11 and will be serving here through December 17. While in town, the AmeriCorps NCCC team is serving with Lake Chicot State Park. They hope the restoration of the trial will promote healthy lifestyles through accessible outdoor physical activities, enhance tourism, encourage varieties of educational opportunities, and lower the population for heart disease and obesity.

Over the course of the six-week project, this AmeriCorps NCCC team will complete a variety tasks to fully restore the mile-long trail. Tasks will include trimming back trees, shrubs and limbs in order to restore the original width of the trail, removing all debris from the trail, digging trenches for adequate drainage, making a small wooden bridge, building forms for soil cement, mixing soil cement, and filling forms.

Chris Stauddy, the maintenance supervisor, said it is his hope the trail will be surfaced and rebuilt in such a way that people who are not able to walk may also use it to enjoy nature.

This is the first of several projects to be completed by this AmeriCorps NCCC team. They began their term of service on October 16, 2018 with three weeks of training at the Denver regional hub. After December 17, they travel to other communities throughout the central and southwestern United States to complete other six-to-12-week projects. They will graduate from the 10-month program on July 18, 2019.

AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, residential, national service program in which up to 2,200 young adults (between the ages of 18 and 24) serve nationwide annually. During their 10-month term, they work on teams of eight to 12 on projects that address critical needs. Traditional NCCC members work on a variety of different six- to 12-week-long projects related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development.

Members of FEMA Corps, a branch of NCCC, focus their projects exclusively on emergency management work in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Southwest Region campus in Denver is one of four regional hubs in the nation and serves eight states in the central and southwest parts of the country. The other campuses are located in Iowa, Mississippi, and California.

In exchange for their service, Corps members receive $6,095 to help pay for college, or to repay back existing student loans. Other benefits include a small living stipend, room and board, travel, leadership development, increased self-confidence, and the knowledge that, through active citizenship, people can indeed make a difference.

AmeriCorps NCCC is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Corporation improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering.