Eastern Sierra Conservation Corps Begins 2024 Season With its Largest Crew Network To Date

May 20, 2024

The California-based organization saw rapid growth following a highly successful year

Bishop, CA, May 20, 2024/OUTDOOR SPORTSWIRE/ – Eastern Sierra Conservation Corps (ESCC), a developmental leadership organization committed to building a stronger and more inclusive outdoor community, is proud to announce the commencement of its 2024 season with an unprecedented surge in size and impact. Following a remarkable year of achievements in 2023, ESCC is gearing up with its largest crew network ever, poised to make an even greater difference in conservation efforts across California’s wild spaces.

Since its inception in 2016, ESCC has been at the forefront of trail work, breaking down barriers and leaving lasting impacts on both the California wilderness and the individuals involved. With 170 alumni, 25 of whom have transitioned into leadership positions within the National Park Service, and a remarkable 40% returning to outdoor resource protection work, ESCC has established itself as a beacon of transformative conservation efforts.

“What sets ESCC apart is its commitment to inclusivity and community-building, says ESCC Executive Director, Agnes Vianzon. “From exponentially elevating all-women and all-queer trail crews to fostering a sense of belonging for individuals from historically marginalized communities, ESCC is dedicated to creating a diverse and supportive environment for all participants.”

The 2024 season marks a significant milestone for ESCC as they welcome a growing team of administrative staff and expand their operations. With four crews venturing into the wilderness to undertake vital restoration projects in California’s forests, including three Range crews focusing on maintenance and conservation projects, and a specialized Technical Wildland Crew tackling diverse activities across forested areas, ESCC is primed for its most ambitious season yet.

As a developmental leadership organization, ESCC is committed to empowering leaders from all backgrounds to effect positive change in their communities. By providing tools for upliftment and actively recruiting participants and staff from priority populations, including Black, Indigenous, AAPI, People of the Global Majority, Women, Women of Color, and LGBTQ2SIA+, ESCC aims to break cycles of social injustice and foster a more inclusive outdoor community.

Those looking to get involved with ESCC can visit here for information on how to join the organization. Upcoming events include the highly anticipated Pattiegonia Queer Trips, offering immersive backpacking excursions aimed at developing skills and knowledge for exploring and stewarding public lands. Stay tuned on @Pattiegonia’s Instagram for updates on program applications.

“For those interested in joining ESCC, the organization offers a transformative experience filled with hard work, challenges, and unparalleled rewards,” says Vianzon. “Participants gain not only practical skills in conservation and wilderness survival but also a sense of community, self-acceptance, empowerment, and the satisfaction of contributing to the preservation of California’s breathtaking natural landscapes.”

To learn more about ESCC and how to get involved, visit https://www.easternsierracc.org/.

To Donate to ESCC, visit https://www.easternsierracc.org/donate

About Eastern Sierra Conservation Corps (ESCC):

Eastern Sierra Conservation Corps is a developmental leadership organization committed to building a stronger, more inclusive outdoor community. Since 2016, ESCC has been at the forefront of revolutionizing the field of trail work, pioneering inclusivity and community-building initiatives while undertaking vital conservation projects across California’s wild spaces. ESCC actively recruits and empowers leaders from historically marginalized communities, striving to create a more equitable and sustainable future for all.