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Members of the ATBI Team identify specimens at Montgomery Bell State Park
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The Tennessee Youth Conservation Corps. (TYCC) had a great first summer completing projects in State Parks and Natural Areas across the state. This spring/summer we had 102 TYCC participants among 16 different Crews. The success of this first year is due to the hard work of each TYCC participant. I would also like to thank the staff at each State Park/Natural Area that trained and supervised the Crews. Also, thanks too many people within the Tennessee Dept. of Environment and Conservation that helped in the development and logistics of the TYCC Program throughout the year. Take a look at what was achieved!

Projects for next year should be chosen and posted the first of January. Shortly afterwards, the Web Page Application will be updated and the Projects will be accepting applications. Check back for updates or information.

The Tennessee Youth Conservation Corps was proposed by Governor Phil Bredesen and approved by the Tennessee General Assembly in 2006. This initiative is designed to reflect the governor's vision of having a program that engages and equips young people with a hands-on conservation experience at Tennessee State Parks and Natural Areas.

The program promotes the principles of effective conservation by providing young people with a variety of natural resource management and restoration projects on state owned lands. Each State Park and Natural Area sponsoring a program project is responsible for recruiting, selecting, and employing the Tennessee Youth Conservation Corps participants that work at their site.
(See a state map with all TYCC program projects and project coordinators)

Young people across Tennessee will have the opportunity to learn new skills, appreciate the importance of conservation and earn a salary by doing meaningful work through the new Tennessee Youth Conservation Corps. The Department of Environment and Conservation will also benefit by having a number of significant resource management projects completed by inspired program participants.

For more information on the Tennessee Youth Conservation Corps, please contact Mark Stanfill, TYCC Program Manager, at (615) 574-5176.