The mission of the Appalachian Coal Country Team (ACCT) is to assist rural communities impoverished by environmental degradation and its consequences in making their home-placed-watersheds healthier places to live and work. The ACCT is supported by an innovative partnership beteween the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), concerned with environmental reclamation; AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), aimed at poverty alleviation; and local community improvement and watershed groups. The ACCT began in 2002, placing determined, college-trained men and women for a year of service in rural mining communities. OSMRE/VISTA Volunteers work directly with community members to build local capacity, encourage environmental stewardship, enhance outreach and education, engage in economic development, and assist in the professional development of OSMRE/VISTAs and their sponsoring organizations. With its Support Office in Beckley, WV, the ACCT works throughout the Appalachian states and is sponsored by Conservation Legacy.
This website is owned and maintained by the Conservation Legacy VISTA Program. Although elements of information contained in this website discuss federally funded programs through OSMRE, this is not a U.S. Government website and therefore, does not necessarily state or reflect the views or opinions of the U.S. Government or OSMRE. Links on this website to other federal agencies, DOI bureaus, or private non-profit organizations do not constitute an endorsement by Conservation Legacy’s VISTA Program and the views and opinions of authors expressed on linked websites does not necessarily state or reflect those of Conservation Legacy or the U.S. Government