Friends of Blackwater was lucky enough to receive another National Civilian Conservation Corps Team (NCCC) during the month of March. The crew consisted of 9 individuals who were all hard-working and willing to get the job done. They worked on a number of projects; clearing/ opening more historic coke ovens, clearing moss off the historical railroad repair shop foundation, removing noxious plants that pose threats to the native habitat and planting native trees and shrubs along the rail trail. During the inclement weather days we were glad to have them work inside the Buxton and Landstreet art gallery, pottery shop, and office space to clean and take care of this historic building owned by the non-profit Vandalia Heritage Foundation. The B&L served as the company store for the Davis Coal & Coke Company. For the last 3 days of their time in Thomas the crew helped Amy Cimarolli, land manager for the WV Land Trust. Their time with Amy included trail maintenance, sign installation, and boundary postings along the Yellow Creek Natural Area in Davis, WV. With that work the crew learned the natural history of the area, along with the ecological benefits of their work and learned different trail-building techniques and tool handling. With the team’s help, Friends of Blackwater and the WV land Trust got more accomplished in a few days than they would have in a couple months. Thank you NCCC Team Tide 3 for being so amazing!
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