Flatwoods Job Corps students complete recreation projects in the Jefferson National Forest

Contact(s): Michelle Davalos (276) 679-8370

(June 29, 2018)  Norton, Va - The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests and students from Flatwood Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center have completed recreation improvement projects in the Clinch Ranger District. 

Students and instructors from the Flatwood Job Corps Center in Coeburn, VA worked alongside Forest Service staff to complete repairs, cleaning, and mowing at several recreation sites in preparation for the summer 2018 recreation and camping season. Job Corps electricians, plumbers and painters practiced their skills as they completed repairs in the Cane Patch Campground and Phillips Creek Day Use Area on the North Fork of Pound Lake in Wise County, VA and at the Bark Camp Recreation Area in Scott County, VA. 

“Flatwoods Civilian Conservation Center works hard to be a good neighbor in the community,” says Flatwoods Director David Scholes.  “We are glad to assist wherever we can.  The students enjoy getting out to the beautiful recreation sites and the instructors are top notch.  We are glad to help.”

“We are so appreciative of the staff and students at Flatwoods Job Corps Center. Thanks to their help, many of the recreation sites received much needed repairs and are in better shape for visitors this summer season,” says Clinch District Ranger Michelle Davalos.

Students repaired damages to plumbing lines and electric hook-up outlets, painted and stained a bath house and amphitheater benches, and installed new electric hand-dryers, new light fixtures, and a new door at the Cane Patch Campground.  Students also removed leaves and sticks, mowed grass and washed picnic tables in the recreation areas. Job Corps students and instructors continue working on the Clinch Ranger District, including bathroom repairs at the High Knob Recreation Area in Wise County, VA.

The mission of Forest Service Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers is to train eligible youth, ages 16 to 24 with educational, social and vocational skills, while assisting in the conservation of the Nation’s public natural resources.

For more information about recreation on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, visit our website at www.fs.usda.gov/gwj/ or call the Clinch Ranger District at (276) 679-8370. For more information about the Job Corps Program visit us on the web at flatwoods.jobcorps.gov