Columbia Gorge Earth Center
The Mt. Adams Institute (MAI)'s planning grant will be utilized to develop a National Direct AmeriCorps program in the states of Oregon and Washington which addresses the CNCS focus area of Veterans and Military Families. The project, known as Veterans Environmental Transitions, will support the Veterans' transition to a productive and healthy civilian life by engaging Veterans with disabilities to serve as members dedicated to addressing environmental stewardship issues in the Pacific Northwest. The expected outcomes of this program are three-fold: First, members will effectively increase the capacity of natural resources management agencies and organizations by recruiting volunteers, including fellow Veterans, to support public lands projects. Second, members will effectively improve public lands by supporting restoration projects. Third, members will develop career awareness in the field of natural resources management which will increase their potential for post service employment with these natural resource agencies and non-government organizations.