Youth corps provide Colorado with critical land, water and energy conservation services. These services:
- Enhance and maintain Colorado’s recreation infrastructure in both urban and rural areas.
- Improve the health of Colorado’s forests and prairies and help keep recreation users safe on trails and roads and in campgrounds.
- Protect communities from disasters such as wildfires and flooding.
- Maintain and enhance critical wildlife habitat and riparian areas.
- Save precious water and energy resources and provide cost savings to low-income Coloradans.
Our Impacts for Colorado: 2012
- Corpsmembers conducted energy audits and installed energy saving measures in the homes of 8,173 low-income residents.
- Corpsmembers installed 13,427 compact fluorescent light bulbs, 1,810 aerators, 595 showerheads, and 1,897 high efficiency toilets.
- Energy and water savings from these measures were equivalent to taking 111 cars off the road, resulted in annual savings of $262,000, and saved the equivalent of 86 Olympic-size pools of water.
- Corpsmembers built 65 miles of pedestrian, off-highway vehicle, bicycle and equestrian trails.
- Corpsmembers maintained 287 miles of pedestrian, off-highway vehicle, bicycle and equestrian trails.
- Corpsmembers installed 1,190 rock steps and 3,570 feet of rock walls.
- Corpsmembers constructed, maintained and/or removed more than 45 miles of fence.
- Corpsmembers removed 31,000 beetle-kill, invasive or hazard trees from forests and riparian areas.
- Corpsmembers cut/bucked 22,902 trees.
- Corpsmembers maintained 124 campgrounds.
- Corpsmembers planted 15,600 grasses and plants as well as 19,050 trees.
Youth corps engaged 4,990 volunteers in community service projects for a total of 23,380 hours of volunteer service.