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Project Portfolio

Corpsmembers will find themselves tackling a range of projects, from working on the beach with beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean to working trails in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Los Padres National Forest and along the Big Sur coast.


The Monterey Bay Center's natural resource projects include trail rehabilitation, trail construction, fire hazard reduction, tree-planting, native plant restoration, landscaping, park development and minor construction. Center projects take place primarily in Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, although projects from one end of the state to the other are not uncommon.


The fundamental concept in the center's success has been building and maintaining relationships with local land management groups and city, county, state and federal agencies.  These relationships have led to long-lasting partnerships that keep the CCC actively involved in successful resource enhancement projects.


The CCC has local partnerships with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, California State Parks, the Big Sur Land Trust, Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area, Watsonville Wetlands Watch, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, Resource Conservation Districts and Central Coast Energy Services.

 

 

Working on Pt. Lobos State National Reserve trail

Working on Pt. Lobos State National Reserve bridge


Contruction work at Hollister Hills SVRA

The Monterey Bay Center has developed a long-lasting working relationship with Hollister Hills SVRA Park.  For more than 25 years, corpsmembers have worked with the State Parks staff to protect the park’s natural resources while providing visitors with safe trails for both motorcycle and 4-wheel driving use. 

 

Monterey Bay Center crews have contributed thousands of hours supporting the State Parks staff in meeting their program goals and objectives.  Our crews work primarily on trail decommissioning, construction and rehabilitation, erosion control, fencing, native plant restoration and exotic plant removal.


Fencing at Wilder Ranch State Park, Santa Cruz County

The Monterey Bay Center has worked closely with State Parks for many years throughout the region.  This year we will be working on a complex American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) trail at Point Lobos.  Our crews will work over a six-month period to create an ADA trail at Bird Island.  This will be an intensive project employing dry-stone masonry to build this access trail.

 

We will continue our work at Big Basin State Park to improve trails and reduce the harmful effects of erosion in local watersheds.  We are improving the Garrapata Trail which is located just south of Carmel and continuing to provide the Monterey Sector with support in camp ground and trail maintenance. 


The Monterey Bay Center is working closely with National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Management District, Resource Conservation Districts and Big Sur Land Trust to provide the Central Coast with a workforce to implement the restoration efforts. We are working closely with the local RCDs and NOAA to develop projects that will provide a direct benefit to steelhead. These include riparian restoration, exotic species removal, fish-passage improvement, stream bank stabilization and upper watershed erosion control.

The Monterey Bay Center in partnership with Central Coast Energy Services and AmeriCorps will be starting our second AmeriCorps term. The California Energy Services Corps, or CESC, is made up of 20 AmeriCorps members trained in home weatherization and certified by the Department of Energy.  These members apply their training throughout their year of service by reaching out to low-income families. They process applications for service and provide home repairs and weatherization services for qualified residents.  AmeriCorps members learn outreach, communication techniques and a wide range of construction skills.  They learn how to properly install home appliances such as stoves, ovens, water heaters, furnaces and refrigerators.  They learn to create a “sealed home envelope” by installing windows, doors, insulation, weather stripping and caulking.  Upon successful completion of the CESC program members will earn a $5,375 AmeriCorps scholarship and are eligible to earn the $2,000 CCC scholarship.

The Monterey Bay Center has a long history of fully participating in emergency response.  Our crews are trained each year in fire camp support, flood training and HAZWOPER training in which we included techniques in bird rescue and cleaning.  Crews respond each fire season, providing camp support on major campaign fires.  Crews provide logistical and facility support to help the fire camps operate smoothly.

 

The CCC has been responding to a wide range of emergencies for more than thirty years.  Monterey Bay crews have responded to fires, floods, earthquakes, search and rescue efforts and Department of Food and Agriculture emergencies such as Mediterranean fruit fly infestations.  Corpsmembers also support the American Red Cross in providing shelter and food.  When responding to emergencies, corpsmembers may be away from home and their regular conservation work for several weeks.

 

 

Helping with rehab work after the Angora Fire
in the Tahoe Basin

Cleaning up after the Pajaro River flood

 

 

Sandbagging in Fresno County’s Firebaugh,
after San Joaquin River flooding

  Floodfight training


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