National grant award provides jobs for Utah youth

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HANKSVILLE – Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell recently announced a youth initiative to inspire millions of young adults and veterans to play, learn, serve and work in America’s outdoors.

With the support of public agencies and partners in the business world, Jewell launched the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, or 21CSC: Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists. In the coming years, hundreds of young people from diverse backgrounds will get paid to complete conservation projects on public lands nationwide.

The Bureau of Land Management is committed to developing the next generation of public land stewards and leaders through work and training opportunities. Thanks to Myron Jeffs, an outdoor recreation planner at BLM-Utah’s Henry Mountain Field Station in Hanksville, youth from Utah are trailblazing this national effort.

On Thursday, Jewell announced seven projects that were selected for 2014 program funding, and Jeffs was among the recipients. This summer, Jeffs will put a 21CSC youth conservation crew to work tackling various projects in BLM-Utah’s Color Country District. Tasks will include improving recreation sites and facilities, repairing fences and restoring wildlife habitat. These outdoor, boots-on-the-ground activities will introduce youth to natural resources career options, stewardship principles and the personal pride that comes with achieving a strong work ethic.

“This program is hugely beneficial to all involved,” Jeffs said. “The BLM will benefit from receiving assistance to accomplish much-needed projects, the public lands will benefit from the work performed and, most of all, the youth will benefit from being actively involved in the outdoors.”

Submitted by BLM-Utah

Resources

  • For information about getting involved with public lands, contact Jeanette Shackelford, BLM-Utah state youth coordinator, at 801-539-4232 or visit a local BLM office

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