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ECO AmeriCorps Members Serve on MLK Day

On Martin Luther King, Jr. day AmeriCorps members around the state of Vermont, and the country, participated in a day of service. Instead of taking a day off, the Environmental and Career Opportunity (ECO) AmeriCorps members caravanned to Bennington, VT to help Ducks Unlimited volunteers remove invasive plant species, clear trails, and hang Wood Duck boxes.

ECO AmeriCorps members used handsaws and clippers to remove invasive honeysuckle and buckthorn from the Forest Loop trail behind Mount Anthony Union Middle School.

ECO AmeriCorps members used handsaws and clippers to remove invasive honeysuckle and buckthorn from the Forest Loop trail behind Mount Anthony Union Middle School. Photo Credit: Katy Gimma

“It’s nice to be out here with this group of people, we always have fun together doing service in the community” said Madeline Cotter, who is serving in the Clean Water Initiative Program at the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Elizabeth Gribkoff is serving with the Vermont River Conservancy, “I liked getting outside to remove invasive honeysuckle on our service day – I didn’t even feel the cold once I started lopping branches! I also enjoyed learning more about Ducks Unlimited’s conservation efforts, which blend wildlife conservation and hunting together.”

ECO AmeriCorps member Michelle uses hand clippers to remove invasive species.

ECO AmeriCorps member Michelle uses hand clippers to remove invasive species. Photo Credit: Katy Gimma

Dr. King said, “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” The ECO AmeriCorps members exemplified greatness on Monday, and they were able to support both the community and wildlife habitat, which benefits animals and humans alike.

Duck’s Unlimited is the world’s leader in wetland and waterfowl conservation. Their mission is to conserve, restore, and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North American’s waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.