Stories of Service: Andrew Richards

Andrew Richards, Virginia Service and Conservation Corps
National Service Alum of the Year
Andrew Richards served from 2017-18 as a Resource Crew Leader with the Virginia Service and Conservation Corps AmeriCorps program at Hungry Mother State Park in Marion. He and his team served by battling invasive species conducting prescribed burns, applying herbicides/pesticides, and maintaining trails. Andrew also participated in various restoration projects throughout the region, including helping to restore native species habitat and completing a new trail for the Virginia State Parks system. He led his crew by adopting modern technology and introducing new methods of data tracking and reporting to the program. Andrew made the most of his service experience and fell in love with the town and the people in the region. Now that his service term has ended, he continues to live in Marion and is an employee with Virginia State Parks.

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