U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
News.bytes Extra, issue 390
Students work, learn on public lands
Eight students from the Eastern Sierras are gaining experience in resource management while improving public lands through work with the Youth Conservation Corps.
YCC crew members from the Owens Valley are working on community projects, including projects on public lands for six weeks this summer, said Becky Hutto, contact representative for the Bureau of Land Management’s Bishop Field Office. (text continues below)
“This program will help give a direction in future outdoor resource management, range conservation and park ranger experience, along with several other career opportunity insights for our youth,” she said.
Offered through the community services department of IMACA (Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action) in Bishop, the YCC provides youth with job skills training, a sense of community responsibility and leadership skills. Additionally, a primary goal of the program is designed to assist the participants with the development of a positive work ethic, she said.
Crew members also have pulled weeds at campgrounds and working on the tree moats to hold water. They helped lay a 600-foot waterline in a campground and installed 30 new campfire rings in Crowley Lake Campground
For a final task, they will help rebuild and stabilize a barn at the Conway Ranch historical site.
The group poses for a group portrait
- Dave Christy, BLM-California Central District, 7/09