Eighteen Veterans Conservation Corps members spent 11 months in the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Delaware State Parks performing trail maintenance, meadow management, invasive species eradication and assisting in construction of boardwalks, solar panels, yurts and fire rings and dozens of other park-based projects.

During a celebration of their service, DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin and others thanked the veterans, immediate family members and retired veterans for all of their hard work in state parks.

The VCC celebration highlighted the work and progress made during the past 11 months by the 18 members of the 2017 Veterans Conservation Corps, who began the program in October 2016. DNREC’s Delaware State Parks VCC program provides jobs and environmental opportunities for veterans and their immediate family members and military retirees. Corps members conduct environmental and park-focused activities as a means of providing a lasting benefit for state parks.

For more, call 739-9208 or visit destateparks.com/volunteers/americorps/military.asp.