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News.bytes Extra, issue 483

ESYCC and BLM will start 4th summer of public lands projects

The Eastern Sierra Youth Conservation Corps along with the BLM's Bishop Field Office will start conducting summer work projects across the Eastern Sierra and the Owens Valley.  The 2011 summer projects will include working in the southern areas in the Owens Valley, with the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group; in the northern areas, working alongside the Disabled Sports of the Eastern Sierra (DSES) and several other work projects with the BLM. This partnership program between Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action (IMACA) and the Bureau of Land Management began in the summer of 2008. (text continues below)

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An Eastern Sierra YCC crew at work last summer.

 "Each summer presents great resource management opportunities for our local youth," said Becky Hutto, BLM park ranger. "The BLM will help give a direction in possible future outdoor resource management, range conservation and park ranger experience along with several other career opportunity insights for these local youth."

Offered through the Community Services Department of IMACA, the ESYCC provides youth with job skill 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.
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 office (760) 872-5008.

IMACA, 224 South Main Street, Bishop Ca. 93514
Bureau of Land Management, 351 Pacu Lane, Suite 100, Bishop, Ca. 93514

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Jeff Starosta (BLM range specialist) with the 2010 ESYCC work crew: Chase Lefebure, Joseph Terrasas, Tyler Stevens, Hilary Dufort, Michael Costello, Edward Klemencic, Andreas Sanchez and crew leader Lindsay Moss

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Last updated: 06-02-2011