U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
News.bytes Extra, issue 440
Eastern Sierra youth work with the BLM on summer public lands projects
The Eastern Sierra Youth Conservation Corps has again teamed with the BLM's Bishop Field Office, working on several summer projects across the Eastern Sierra and the Owens Valley. (text continues below)
This is the third summer for the program, kicking off with four community projects ranging from Independence to Darwin. The partnership between Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action (IMACA) and the Bureau of Land Management began in the summer of 2008.
Several work projects this year will include stabilizing historical sites, fencing off of Highway 120, upgrading campgrounds, picking up trash and working on trails and roads in the Fish Slough and Chalk Bluff areas.
“This has been a successful program," said BLM Park Ranger Becky Hutto. "The BLM will help give our local youth a direction in possible future outdoor resource management, range conservation and park ranger experience, along with insights into several other career opportunities."
Offered through the Community Services Department of IMACA, the ESYCC provides youth with job skill training, a sense of community responsibility, and leadership skills. Another a primary goal of the program is to assist participants in developing a positive work ethic.
For some of the youth, this will be their first paid work experience.
Organizations interested in sponsoring ESYCC projects for the 2011 summer season may contact Jane McDonald at IMACA at (760) 873-5887 ext. 22 or Becky Hutto at the BLM Bishop Field Office (760) 872-5008.
- Becky Hutto, BLM Bishop Field Office, July 2010
|Last updated: 07-14-2010|
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