AmeriCorps Team Moose 4 helps out trout!

The Moose 4 team: (Left to right) Becca Marcott, 25, Linwood, Mich; Brandon Shepard, 23, Mt. Juliet, Tenn.; Adam Bagley, 20, Seattle; Josh Kenon, 22, Colquitt, Ga.; Jacob Allen, 25, Golden Meadow, La.,: Gus Merwin, 25, Pardeeville, Wisc.; and Kennedy Morris, 22, Greenville, S.C. .

A team from AmeriCorps has been helping out trout in Connecticut.

The Moose 4 team is part of the AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) Atlantic Region traveling around to help support the work of local conservation groups.

The mission of AmeriCorps is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national and community service.

In partnership with nonprofits — secular and faith-based — local municipalities, state governments, federal government, national and state parks, Indian tribes, and schools, members complete service projects throughout the region where they are assigned.

Moose 4 spent two weeks in northwest Connecticut helping out local land trusts. As part of the program organized by Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative, Trout Unlimited was lucky to have the crew of seven out on its Salmon Kill Restoration Project for two days.

The hardworking crew from as far west at Washington and as far south as Louisiana helped TU staff complete essential site maintenance.

Jacob Allen helps plant along Salmon Kill in Salisbury, Ct.

“We did a lot of hand-pulling of weeds to try and locate all of the planted trees on our restoration sites,” explained Tracy Brown, TU’s northeastern restoration coordinator. “They were a fun group with a variety of interests. The work we got done with this energetic group would have taken me weeks to complete!”

By Mark Taylor. A native of rural southern Oregon, Mark Taylor has lived in Virginia since serving a stint as a ship-based naval officer in Norfolk. He joined the TU staff in 2014 after a 20-year run as a newspaper journalist, the final 16 as the outdoors editor of the Roanoke Times. A graduate of Northwestern University, he lives in Roanoke with his wife and, when they're home from college, his twin daughters.