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Corpsmembers Help Prepare New Cabins at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
The Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp, CA, is a popular all-season destination for visitors to Yosemite National Park. This past spring, Fresno-based members of the California Conservation Corps (CCC) also made the trip to Fish Camp to help prepare Tenaya’s new Explorer Cabins for their grand opening.
As construction neared completion on the 50 new, luxury cabins, Delaware North, operator of the Tenaya property, partnered with the CCC to complete critical fire fuel reduction, trail brushing, and vegetation management projects. Led by a Crew Leader, 12 Corpsmembers completed 1,440 hours of service from May 15 – 30.
Using hand tools and power tools, Corpsmembers cleared overgrown vegetation among the cabins and opened paths leading to the main lodge and the nearby lake, both of which were inaccessible before. This landscaping work not only helped improve the visitor experience, but helps reduce the risk of wildfires. Corpsmembers cleared X pounds of dry brush, vegetation, tree limbs, and pine needles around the property. Several Corpsmembers received on-the-job training in saw operation.
The project didn’t come without its challenges. At the beginning, Corpsmembers faced heavy snow, ice, and rain, but continued to serve through the treacherous conditions. Once the weather cleared, the Corps was back working at full capacity. Even with the inclement weather, the Corps completed the project on time.
On June 27, the cabins officially opened to the public with a ribbon cutting and ceremony. The event brought together many partners, including Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President and CEO of The Corps Network; Bruce Saito, Director of the CCC; the Corpsmembers who served on the project; and Jerry Jacobs, co-CEO of Delaware North.
The Corps Network and Delaware North have developed a partnership over the years. Since 2014, six Service and Conservation Corps have completed 10 projects with Delaware North. The first project, completed five years ago, involved restoring a historic stable at Shenandoah National Park.