According to our statute, the mission of the Maine Conservation Corps is to:
Accomplish outdoor recreation and conservation projects: This is the primary focus of all MCC programs. Members build and rehabilitate campsites and trails (more non-motorized trails than any other organization in Maine), build outdoor learning centers for schools, construct cabins, picnic shelters, bridges and erosion control structures, maintain boundaries, improve wildlife habitat and timber stands, survey watersheds, test water quality, and oversee planting projects.
Conservation education: MCC strives to raise awareness and interest in the natural environment. Individual members serving with nonprofit organizations and natural resource agencies help develop curriculum, train volunteers, teach in classrooms, and do outreach presentations in the community.
Volunteer opportunities: The MCC recruits volunteers to serve alongside MCC teams and individual members at projects all over the state. Volunteers can join the MCC on the trail, in the classroom, or on the water to get involved in local efforts to protect and restore the environment.
Benefits to participants: MCC programs develop a strong work and community service ethic, teamwork, communication skills, self-esteem and confidence, safety, job skills and outdoor living experiences. Members receive a weekly living allowance, opportunities for conservation networking, and gain experience in environmental careers. Most members are eligible to earn an AmeriCorps education award.
Environmental Stewards serve individually with non-profits, state or federal agencies to increase organizational volunteer capacity and aid in the development and implementation of host sites land management plans.
Our Field Team Program consists of trail crews that construct and rehabilitate sustainable trails in places like Baxter State Park, and on the Appalachian Trail, as well as land owned by local communities and land trusts.