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Spotlight on Partners: Student Conservation Association - WildCorps Program

The BLM has entered into a private and federal partnership with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to reconnect America's youth with the wild outdoors. The BLM and SCA signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2005 that would train a cadre of youth leaders that would enhance public lands by providing on-the-ground WildCorps youth crews to address management concerns such as trail construction and maintenance, invasive weed eradication, restoration of degraded lands and reclamation of old roads, dump sites and mining scars on National Landscape Conservation System lands. These BLM treasured landscapes include National Monuments, Wilderness Areas, Wilderness Study Areas, National Scenic and Historic Trails and Wild and Scenic Rivers.

Members of the Wildcorps youth crew help with trail construction and invasive weed eradication.
Members of the WildCorps youth crew help with trail construction and invasive weed eradication.

Two members of the Wildcorps youth crew rebuild trails in the remote Lost Coast of northern California
Rebuilding trails and restoration of lands in the remote Lost Coast of northern California.

A  member of the Wildcorps youth crew rebuilds a  trail in the remote Lost Coast of northern California

Members of the WildCorps yough crek help with trail construction and maintenance in an area overlooking the Pacific Ocean. 

Over the past four years, the WildCorps Program has been a huge success and hundreds of youth have benefited from the program by providing a means for America's youth to reconnect with their natural and cultural heritage while tapping into a new generation of wildland stewards. Since the program's inception, the Bureau has saved thousands of dollars by utilization of these highly mobile youth crews to work in some of the most remote and pristine locations on public lands in California. 

Six members of the WildCorps crew working in the King Range National Conservation Area.
Six members of the WildCorps crew working in the King Range National Conservation Area.

A six person WildCorps crew started work on June 10 in the King Range National Conservation Area and have completed six weeks of arduous work rebuilding trails and restoration of lands in the remote Lost Coast of northern California.  Additional conservation work is planned over the next 3-4 weeks that will include invasive plant removal, signing of wilderness boundaries, restoration of degraded lands and campsite maintenance in the King Range National Conservation Area and other NLCS units in northern and central California. 

- Mark A. Conley, Wilderness/NLCS Program Manager, BLM-California, 7/24/09


BLM-California News.bytes, issue 394