From Military Service to Green Service

A new partnership is coming to southern Nevada! With generous support from the NV Energy Foundation, this partnership of local and national organizations has set out to provide jobs, training and work experience for veterans, engaging volunteers from the community to improve recreation, habitat and protect Native American cultural sites at one of Nevada’s best public lands: Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area!

VCC Project Partners

Here's how it works. Project partners include the Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Conservation Corps, Friends of Sloan Canyon, Conservation Lands Foundation, City of Henderson, and NV Energy Foundation. They have teamed up to hire post-9/11 veterans as part of the Nevada Conservation Corps. This all-veterans conservation corps will work for three months starting this Fall building trails, installing new signs, restoring native plants and better protecting Native American cultural sites. In addition to pay, they receive transferable job skills and experience that can help them move into other land management or wildfire-fighting positions.

On September 26 and November 7 this new Veterans Conservation Corps will train volunteers from the community to be trail stewards, teaching them the fundamentals of trail monitoring and maintenance. As Friends of Sloan Canyon volunteers, they will help BLM keep these popular trails well maintained and open for the public to enjoy for years to come.

On September 26, members of the media and other special guests are invited to Sloan Canyon’s McCullough Hills Trailhead to see this partnership in action. They can meet the veterans, volunteers, and representatives from partnering organizations, as well as see and learn more about Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area. Sloan Canyon is part of BLM's National Conservation Lands—31 million acres of some the most ecologically important and culturally significant lands in the West. Sloan Canyon is the scenic backdrop to the City of Henderson and beloved for its hiking and running trails, wildflowers, petroglyphs and other natural wonders.

Check back with the Friends of Sloan Canyon website for project updates as they happen. You can also visit the Conservation Lands Foundation website.

CLF's project contact is Charlotte Overby,

Join the conversation online with the hashtag #SloanCanyonVeteransCorps.