AmeriCorps to work on Roan Mountain State Park
From Staff Reports

   A ten person team from AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) will begin renovation on a park of the Appalachian Trail in Roan Mountain State Park. Work on the 25 mile stretch of land will take place from Oct. 28 through Nov. 22.
   The team of renovators will work to rebuild trails, stairs, and observation decks. Years of weathering have caused the trails and their structures to become dangerous to hikers.
   AmeriCorps NCCC is based out of Charelston, S.C. is part of a national service program created to improve the environment, enhance education, increase public safety, and assist with disaster relief.
   "Our team is very excited about this project," corps member, Sarah Balzano said. "We are eager to do environmental work and get things done for America."
   Members of the national organization range in age from 18-24 and are required to complete at least 1,700 hours of service during the 10-month program. In exchange for their service AmeriCorps members receive $4,725 toward college.
   The organization is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about applying for the program call 800-942-2677 or visit the website at