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AmeriCorps members serving the Carson River watershed

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Two AmeriCorps members hope to leave their mark on the Carson Valley watershed.

Aly Cheney will serve as Alpine Watershed Group's restoration and monitoring coordinator and Sarah Muskin will serve as education and outreach coordinator for AWG and River Wranglers. Cheney is a Colorado native and Connecticut College graduate. Muskin hails from New England and is a Vassar College graduate.

The Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership program is a conservation network that places AmeriCorps members each year at different host sites throughout the Sierra for 1700 hours of service. This year 28 AmeriCorps members are scattered throughout the Sierra with the role of restoring and monitoring Sierra watersheds, educating Sierra residents and visitors about environmental issues and managing volunteers for local watershed programs.

"AmeriCorps members are the bread and butter of small nonprofits like ours," said Gavin Feiger, AWG watershed coordinator. "They are integral parts of both the organization and the community."

Alpine Watershed Group is a collaborative stakeholder group working to protect and enhance Alpine County's headwaters. Cheney and Muskin will help coordinate events such as Earth Day, Markleeville Creek Day and the Alpine Aspen Festival. They also help with citizen monitoring programs and provide classroom and field education opportunities for local schools.

River Wranglers is a watershed education organization inspiring youth through hands-on learning to explore, conserve and understand the importance of the Carson River Watershed. Muskin expands the River Wranglers' team that visits classrooms throughout the watershed and facilitate programs such as Trout-in-the-Classroom and Carson River Work Days.

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AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at 21,600 unique sites including nonprofit organizations, schools, public agencies and community and faith-based groups across the country. AmeriCorps programs engage young adults in their communities and country and have helped over one million people finance higher education.