Impact Story: Utah Conservation Corps Galena Soo’nkahni Preserve Project

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This story highlights Utah Conservation Corps (UCC), a program of AmeriCorps dedicated to community and the environment. UCC is committed to projects that address goals relating to environmental conservation, leadership, education, and sustainability.


Utah Conservation Corps worked with the Utah Department of Natural Resources – Forest, Fire, and State Lands (FFSL) at the Galena Soo’nkahni Preserve, along the Jordan River, to weed out invasive species, plant native trees, and improve the habitat of the wetland.

Corpsmembers waded through mud and wet grass while working with power tools. By the end of November 2021, the UCC crew was able to accomplish 1.77 acres cut and raked, 1.35 acres of native trees planted, 70 pounds of seed mix spread, and more.

Their efforts make the area more accessible. Pedestrians, dog walkers and bird watchers all frequent the area for weekend activities.

Before and After from Nov 9th, 2021