This week, we’re excited to welcome nine AmeriCorps NCCC team members to Walker Valley. They will volunteer with us until December 13th, as part of their 10-month-long service through AmeriCorps. We’re welcoming them to the mountains from New Orleans, where they’ve been helping with post-Katrina rebuilding efforts.

While serving at Tremont, they will set the stage for future programming at the second campus. Over the next month, they’ll help us clear an area of early successional forest composed primarily of invasive species, including mimosa, privet, and vining honeysuckle. Their labor will lay the groundwork for future native perennial plantings, like elderberry, pawpaw, walnut, mulberry, grapes, and raspberries, that can complement one another as an edible food forest. Their work will contribute to ecosystem restoration and build back biodiversity while also providing fertile soil to grow yummy food for future program participants. In addition, the team will continue to expand the backcountry trail network, digging, lopping, and sawing their way toward a trail system that can support future programming.

We’re grateful for the support of AmeriCorps NCCC in launching new projects at our second campus and look forward to sharing their accomplishments over the next month!

Learn more about our vision for the land at our second campus.

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About the Author

Elizabeth Davis is the Field Programs Specialist at Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. She is a native East Tennessean who grew up exploring and backpacking in the Southern Appalachians before moving away to the snowy mountains of the northeast. She received a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Conservation Biology from Middlebury College, worked at John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina, spent a few seasons at the Ashokan Center in the Catskills, and hiked from Maine to Georgia on the Appalachian Trail before finding her way back home. She has worked at Tremont full-time since 2014.