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Conservation Corps of Long Beach honors Catalina Island Conservancy


June 10, 2024

The Catalina Island Conservancy will be honored by the Conservation Corps of Long Beach (CCLB) this month for helping young adults from surrounding communities realize their potential through work, service, conservation, and education. Conservancy President and CEO Whitney Latorre will accept the award at CCLB’s annual Dine on Pine fundraising event on June 24. Tickets for the progressive culinary event are still available. 

“We’re thrilled to be honoring Catalina Island Conservancy at this year’s Dine on Pine fundraiser,” said CCLB President and CEO Dan Knapp. “The Conservancy has been a staunch supporter of CCLB’s workforce development efforts for years now and has helped us provide support and training to hundreds of young adults throughout Los Angeles County. Giving corpsmembers the opportunity to not only experience the Island, but to also learn about and contribute to long-term ecological sustainability is at the center of why we do what we do – together.”  

The Conservancy has proudly supported CCLB for the past 10 years and has benefitted from the contributions its corpsmembers have provided in fire mitigation, erosion control, trail maintenance, and habitat restoration on the Island. 

“We are humbled by CCLB’s recognition of the Conservancy as a reliable partner in workforce development,” said Latorre. “But the real recognition should go to the young men and women who’ve played a such vital role in helping to make Catalina Island more resilient for future generations. We are grateful for their contributions and look forward to expanding our partnership in the future.” 

Since 1987, the Conservation Corps of Long Beach has been providing youth workforce development and education services to young people ages 18-26. Many of the young people served come from and live in historically under-resourced communities, as well as communities where environmental justice issues like inadequate access to healthy food, air and water pollution, and inadequate transportation are prevalent. 

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