The Every Kid in the Park initiative allows fourth graders to obtain a pass for free entry for them and their families to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters for an entire year starting in September.
Weber Basin Job Corps Celebrating its 50th Anniversary
Weber Basin Job Corps is celebrating its 50th anniversary on July 29th, 2016. Job Corps is a federal run program for low income and at risk youth. Students can earn High School Diplomas and trade certificates while enrolled. A high emphasis is placed on employability skills. Graduates usually have secured employment before leaving the center.
Weber Basin Job Corps is one of 26 Job Corps Centers that is managed by the Forest Service. It has seven trades, plus a very successful firefighting program. Currently, there are over 40 students who are training to fight wildfires. The center squad and engine are already actively fighting wildfires in the Western Hemisphere. As the fire season progresses we expect all students to deploy eventually, just as they have in previous years.
The Payette National Forest has been selected to provide the 2016 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. For more than 50 years a tree has graced the west lawn of the U.S Capitol; and since 1970, a national forest has been selected to provide the honored tree, a gift from the national forest and its home state. Learn more about selection of the tree, ornaments, partnerships, sponsors, calendar of events, and volunteering by visiting the Capitol Christmas Tree web Page.
The landscape and culture of the Interior West are characterized by the iconic sagebrush steppe ecosystems that are valued and used by people with a long and deep connection to the land. A need and desire has been identified to create a new balance between the use and protection of this landscape to conserve its important attributes, including greater sage-grouse. Visit the Greater Sage Grouse page to view the latest on the conservation effort.