One of the CCC’s missions is to respond to and assist in emergency operations such as natural disaster relief, search/rescue and any other declared emergency within California. The Greenwood Center’s location allows for us to respond to emergencies from the Sierra to the coast and all crews are ready at a moment’s notice to provide emergency services and relief to the citizens of California. These emergency responses include forest fires, floods, earthquakes, oil spills and agricultural disasters.
The Greenwood Center prides itself on its very diverse and highly technical project base that includes trail rehabilitation, trail construction, fuel hazard reduction, tree trimming/removal, landscaping, mitigation/ native plant restoration, park development and minor construction. You could wind up building a bridge in one of California’s beautiful state parks, planting native trees and plants along some of the Sierra Foothills’ scenic highways, removing trees and brush for fuel reduction in the Lake Tahoe Basin, helping with soil stabilization along regional watersheds or traveling up and down the northern part of the state eradicating non-native and invasive weeds and plants.
Our projects take place primarily in El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne and Mariposa counties. One project you might be working on is a trail along the American River and then you might move up to the mountains constructing a new trail among giant Sequoia trees or building an entire campground in Lake Tahoe.
Our relationships throughout the region include various sponsoring agencies and organizations that provide partnerships with the CCC to enhance California’s natural resources. The partnerships we maintain here at the Greenwood center include the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), United States Forest Service, California Tahoe Conservancy, California State Parks, Department of Water Resources, Department of Transportation (Caltrans), California Department of Food and Agriculture, Department of General Services, American River Conservancy, Amador Fire Safe Council, El Dorado County Department of Transportation, El Dorado Equestrian Foundation, and local nonprofit land conservancies and councils. The list is long but we welcome more supporters for our program.
We are currently operating with five project/field crews, along with an In-camp and culinary crew. The in-camp crew is responsible for the landscaping of the center grounds and maintenance of buildings including minor plumbing and minor construction repairs. The work also includes small engine repair and maintenance of grade tools and equipment. The culinary crew is responsible for the preparation of meals and packing food for spike crews working in remote locations. The culinary crew is trained and certified in ServSafe, food preparation and service, and kitchen equipment certification, which includes safe operation and sanitation. If you’re interested in cooking and curious about food, the Greenwood Center offers a challenging and exciting culinary course.
Current projects include conservation and restoration of native ecosystems, fuel hazard reduction, arborist work projects, native shrub and tree-planting, invasive non-native weed/plant eradication, ADA (American Disabilities Act) trails and campground construction. Sponsors include the US Forest Service- Arnold Rim Trail in the Stanislaus National Forest and the Placerville Nursery on the El Dorado National Forest, California State Parks -- Calaveras Big Trees (Beaver Creek ADA Trail) and D.L. Bliss Campground construction/ rehabilitation, California Department of Food and Agriculture, California Tahoe Conservancy, Caltrans, and the Department of General Services -- Chinese Camp mitigation and native plant restoration.
Noxious weed edradication program
Whether you're a potential corpsmember looking to come to Greenwood to work on some of the finest projects, or a sponsoring agency looking to get some quality work as well as help assist in the development of California’s next generation, there is always an opportunity for you here at the CCC’s Greenwood Center.
Professional working relationships with sponsors have created wonderful employment opportunities with Forestry and State Parks for many former corpsmembers.
For more project information about projects contact: Brian Lussier, Project Coordinator or Al Orozco, Conservationist Supervisor.