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Young adults help preserve historic sites on the Chippewa National Forest


Northern Bedrock AmeriCorps members doing repair and maintenance to the Chippewa National Forest’s Shingobee Chalet. Forest Service photo.

MINNESOTA – This summer, Sean Dunham, Chippewa National Forest’s Heritage Program manager, will host two crews of six Northern Bedrock AmeriCorps members (ages 18-25).

The first crew completed maintenance and repair of the historic Shingobee Chalet in the Shingobee Recreation Area from May 30 to June 6. They worked with forest engineer Jay Smrekar on window restoration, exterior siding maintenance, and repairs to the Chalet. The project was financed in part by funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society. 

In July, the second crew will work at the historic Joyce Estates near Deer River, Minnesota.

The Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps was established in 2011 to meet two converging needs: an aging stock of historic structures and landscapes in need of maintenance and repair and a growing need to create a pathway for young adults into the preservation trades workforce. Northern Bedrock utilizes a corps model and partners with historic preservation trade professionals to provide young adults with hands on experience and training. The AmeriCorps program works with young adults, 18-25 years old, from across the region. Members work at project sites across Minnesota and receive training in a variety of preservation areas over a six month field season. Northern Bedrock is a member of The Corps Network.