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Indigenous conservation crew forming

Tribal members are wanted to work on a conservation crew this summer emphasizing Cherokee heritage and tradition. 

The program will run June 6 to July 29 and is open to tribal members 18 and older. Crew members will work on a variety of projects near Murphy, Franklin and Cherokee, collaborating with the U.S. Forest Service and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. 

Members receive training in Wilderness First Aid, S212 chainsaw and crosscut saw; experience in a diverse set of environmental conservation and restoration projects; cultural enrichment by learning tribal management practices and history related to natural resources; daily crew model with consolidated schedule for easier commuting; accrued hours toward a Public Land Corps hiring authority; professional development and career resources. 

People ages 18-30, or 18-35 if a military veteran, can apply to be an Indigenous Conservation Crew Member at Those 21 and older can apply for a crew leader position at

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