New Conservation Effort In the Mountains

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

The mountains of Eastern Kentucky attract tourists from across the nation every year.
Now more and more young people are heading to the mountains to give back to the environment ... while helping their future careers.

Jim McCorkle and Sherri Wurtzel aren't from Eastern Kentucky ... but the beautiful backdrop of the mountains attracted them to do their internships with the Student Conservation Association at Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park.

"We're trying to get people to enjoy the outdoors," says McCorkle. " And protect it as much as possible without disturbing too much"

Both college students work with Buckhorn Park Rangers to improve the park ... As well as protect and preserve the environment.
Dwayne Shouse supervises the interns and says their conservation efforts ... Can also increase tourism to the park.

They have been working on the latest addition to Buckhorn ... a 2 mile hiking trail that is still growing.

The S-C-A trains the interns to make changes to the region so it benefits both the land and the people.

"Our main goal is to reduce erosion water runoff on the trails" says McCorkle.
All of their efforts are designed to conserve our region's natural and cultural resources.

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