Inspired by the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930's, Arizona Conservation Corps, a program of Conservation Legacy, is focused on connecting youth, young adults and recent era military veterans with conservation service work projects on public lands.
Through contributions to the Ski Conservation Fund, Ski Apache's guests helped retrain veterans for careers in wildland firefighting and natural resource management. Coordinating closely with public land management agencies, the Arizona Conservation Corps manages the Veteran Fire Corps (VFC), a program that provides recent era veterans with the technical skill and physical ability for careers in natural resource management and wildland firefighting.
In 2014, Arizona Conservation Corps Tucson partnered with the Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico to operate a six-month residential program with VFC Crew 100. In addition to gaining skills in wildland firefighting, the six-person crew restored 1,000 acres of habitat, planted 560 pounds of grass seed to reseed 480 acres, and conducting work to to curb and prevent erosion.
VFC program participants spend approximately 20% of their time in the classroom and 80% in the field and gain job training experience in forestry, conservation and wildland fire fuels management including but not limited to Fire Fighter Type I and II Training, Sawyer training, First Aid and CPR certificates, and an average of 900 hours of fire-fuels on-the-job experience.