Youth Crews Begin Work at Santa Fe National Forest

Release Date: Jun 12, 2014  

Contact(s): Donna Nemeth (505) 438-5320

 June 12, 2014 - Santa Fe, NM- The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, in partnership with the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced grant recipients for the 2014 Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists” program.  The program supports organizations that provide job opportunities to young people as part of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Initiative. 

The Forest Guild received $118,735 to recruit and hire youth crews this summer.  Four crews started last week and completed orientation and training.  In total, the Forest Guild hired sixty-three young adults to participate in this nine week program; thirty of those jobs are on the Santa Fe National Forest!

Participants will learn about forestry, ecology, natural resource management, trail maintenance, range assessments, and wilderness ethics.  Several work projects will be completed on the Cuba and Jemez Ranger Districts. 

“Since 1998, the Forest Guild has been an effective partner to promote and implement a successful YCC crew,” said Forest Supervisor Maria T. Garcia.  “This partnership has allowed us to engage rural, tribal, and minority youth with training, education, and meaningful employment.  Their efforts will grow the ranks of future natural resource professionals while benefiting natural resources that are at risk,” she added.