PA. Conservation Corps
Provided 8 Years
of Success: 2002 - 2010
State Grant Program Trained Conservation Workers and
Benefited Centre Region Municipal Parks
CRPR is pleased to recognize the members of the PA.
Conservation Corps (PCC) assigned to the Centre Regional
Recreation Authority. Their projects have made some valuable
improvements to the nature center and at other park areas.
The PCC is a conservation-based job training program administered
by the PA. Dept. of Labor & Industry. Each year of the grant
is valued at $94,000 to $103,000 which includes labor costs and a percentage
of the project materials used. A Fact Sheet about the PCC is available HERE (124 KB PDF).
Typically, each year 10-16 sites were selected statewide by the PCC and the PA Department of Labor and Industry. At the time of their first selection in 2002, the Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority was the first municipal authority ever selected to host a PCC crew. Since that time the Authority was approved for the competitive,
one-year grants for seven consecutive years. In our case, the total value of the Year #7 grant was $103,000 (for labor and a portion of the materials used) and the local cash cost was $5,000.
From Years #1-4, the annual PCC conservation job-training
program involved Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, the municipal parks, and the Centre
County Historical Society's Centre Furnace Mansion. With the completion of projects for the historical society, for Years #5-8 the partnership has involved the Mt. Nittany Conservancy.
|Year #1 ▪ Project list for the PCC crew (July 2002 - June
Year #2 ▪ Project list for the PCC crew (July 2003 - June
Year #3 ▪ Project list for the PCC crew (July 2004
- June 2005)
Year #4 ▪ Project list for the PCC crew (July
2005 - June 2006)
Year #5 ▪ Project list for
the PCC crew (July 2006 - June 2007)
Year #6 ▪ Project list for the PCC crew (July 2007 - June 2008)
Year #7 ▪ Project list for the PCC crew (July 2008 - June 2009)
Year #8 ▪ Project list for the PCC crew (July 2009 - June 2010)
Year #9 ▪ On 20 May 2010, the state announced the selection of their 10 sites for July 2010 - June 2011. No sites in Centre County were selected, including the grant application submitted by CRRA (PDF).
Year #10 ▪ The Recreation Authority submitted a grant application in January to seek a resumption of this successful program in the Centre Region. The work period was for July 2011 - June 2012. However, the program was then eliminated in the PA 2011-2012 Budget.
||Centre Region PCC workers Russell Mark (left) and Colin Kreiger pressure wash the siding on the nature center barn to prepare it for refinishing on 22 Oct 2009.
||Centre Region PCC workers Jordan Balko (left) and Justin Packer replace the safety deck on the nature center barn silo foundation on 22 Oct 2009.