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LA Conservation Corps restores coastal lands

Volunteers with the LA Conservation Corps are seen in this undated file photo.
May 3, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Not even gray skies couldn't put a damper on the L.A. Conservation Corps volunteers who worked to restore the Redondo Beach bluffs.

"You walk away from a day like today, five hours of in the dirt getting your hands dirty and they love it, and they say, 'When is the next one?'" said John Hinckley, managing director of operations at FedEx Freight.

The corporate volunteers joined with L.A. Conservation Corps to restore the area's native coastal habitat.

"It is a fairly unique habitat, this is one of the few pockets left here in Santa Monica bay and so we are out here working to restore that to support our vital ecosystem," said Brent Scheiwe, the L.A. Conservation Corps program director.

They planted June buckwheat, a favorite and critical plant to one special bug.

"The El Segundo Blue Butterfly is an endangered species because its habitat has almost been wiped out here in southern California," said Scheiwe. "It's a great little butterfly, it's just little but really pretty."

FedEx donated money and volunteers to this project through their program FedEx Cares.

"Everyone out here is, works around the LA area and when we post up volunteer opportunities we got 50 people here so it's great," said Hinckley.

This effort also provides a unique opportunity for members of the young adult corps, a workforce development program through the Conservation Corps.

"They're mixing it up with professionals, and they're learning and getting mentored about professional development, about other options and opportunities they have when they leave the corps," said Scheiwe.

L.A. Conservation Corp and corporate sponsors have done a great job restoring the native habitat. But they say their work is far from over and that volunteers are always welcome. If you would like to volunteer, you can visit the L.A. Conservation Corps website.

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