Ten national forests in California, experimental forest in Hawaii to receive US$459,212 in federal funding to hire 139 Youth Conservation Corps workers for ecological restoration projects
May 14, 2012
– A total of 10 national forests in California and one experimental forest in Hawaii will receive a total of $459,212 to hire 139 Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) enrollees for 11 important ecological restoration projects this year.
Enrollees must be between 15-18 years old and from all social, economic, ethnic, and racial backgrounds. The goal of this effort is to provide youth opportunities to develop an understanding and appreciation for the nation’s natural environment and heritage.
“These young men and women will have a wonderful opportunity to learn about natural resources while accomplishing important ecological restoration work on our national forests here in California and in Hawaii,” said Regional Forester Randy Moore.
The paid positions will include a variety of experiences touching on heritage, rangeland management, watershed restoration, recreation, botany, vegetation management and fuels reduction, etc.
The YCC was established by law on August 13, 1970 (Public Law 91-378). The purpose of the program is to further the development and maintenance of the natural resources of the United States by America’s youth and prepare them for the ultimate responsibility of maintaining and managing our nation’s natural resources for the American people.
The following are the forests in California with projects: Modoc, Klamath, Lassen, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Shasta-Trinity, Mendocino, Stanislaus, Sierra, Six Rivers, Sequoia and Angeles.
The Pacific Southwest Region also received a YCC proposal from representatives of the Hawaii Experimental Tropical Forest. The proposal requested $51,000 to hire two crews which would consist of 12 enrollees with one crew leader.