Wisconsin Conservation Corps 1983 - 2003
20 years of service to Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Conservation Corps ceased operations on June 30, 2003.

The WCC was created in 1983 to provide employment to young men and women 18 to 25 years of age through participation in and completion of conservation and natural resource projects. In addition, a major goal of the WCC was to teach young adults basic work habits and job skills, to develop cooperation and discipline through meaningful work experiences, and to provide training and educational opportunities, all of which worked to improve their chances of securing employment in the private sector. WCC worked with crews conducting projects throughout the state. Each crew typically consisted of four to six corps members and a crew leader. Projects for WCC crews were developed in association with sponsors, such as governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, and school districts, and were designed to last for one year. Corps members were hired for the duration of the project. Sponsors were responsible for providing transportation for the crew, tools, materials, and other equipment needed to complete project activities, for technical assistance, and for support services for the crew leader. WCC crews performed a wide variety of conservation and community development projects including timber stand improvement, trail development, planting trees, soil erosion control, and construction of recreational facilities.

Crewmembers who successfully completed six months to one year of service were eligible to receive an education voucher that was worth at least $1,000, but not more than $2,800. The education voucher could be used for payment of tuition and required program activity fees at any institution of higher education in the state, including vocational, technical, or other training schools.

The WCC Board oversaw operations and was composed of seven members and established policies as well as reviewed and approved projects. The Board members represented regional, environmental, and agricultural interests and one member was also a member of a workforce development board.

The Wisconsin Conservation Corps ceased operations on June 30, 2003.

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