16 Members and Affiliates of The Corps Network Awarded 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Project Grants

Southwest Conservation Corps works on improving a trail. Among several projects, they were awarded a grant to partner with the Bureau of Reclamation and National Park Service to make improvements to the Historic Railroad Trail at Hoover Dam.

For Immediate Release
May 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Thursday, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), and Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced the 2014 Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists grant program recipients in support of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) Initiative. Sixteen members and affiliates of The Corps Network were awarded grants (and some for multiple projects).

Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President and CEO of The Corps Network, said that “we are thrilled that our members and affiliates, as well as other designated 21CSC programs, are the recipients of this project funding. The Corps Network is also pleased to have played a role in helping federal agencies identify some key partners for projects. We are excited about this initial group of valuable projects, and look forward to seeing the 21CSC initiative grow even more in years to come.”

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation writes that "In total, $1,905,279 in federal funds ($1 million BLM, $444,035 USFS, $361,244 Reclamation, and $100,000 FWS) will be leveraged into more than $6.75 million to support 43 youth conservation employment projects on public lands throughout the United States. These projects will expose more than 620 youth to paid conservation work experiences benefiting our public lands. In addition, these projects are expected to provide approximately 1,550 volunteer opportunities within the local communities."

Projects cover a wide range of conservation activities, including restoration of habitat for wildlife like wild bison and condors, river restoration and removal of invasive plant species, and improvements to popular recreational trails to make them more accessible to American with disabilities. Recruiting a diverse set of program participants from urban areas, Native American communities, and other minority groups is an overarching theme to many of the projects, with the goal of providing them with training and education to pursue natural resource careers.

The sixteen members and affiliates of The Corps Network who are project partners include

1. Student Conservation Association
2. Southeast Alaska Guidance Association
3. Southwest Conservation Corps
4. Arizona Conservation Corps
5. American Conservation Experience
6. California Conservation Corps
7. Mile High Youth Corps
8. Kupu / Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps
9. Northwest Youth Corps
10. Montana Conservation Corps
11. Nevada Conservation Corps
12. Heart of Oregon Corps
13. Utah Conservation Corps
14. Vermont Youth Conservation Corps
15. Canyon Country Youth Corps
16. Texas Conservation Corps

The full list of grant recipients and a description of project activities can be downloaded in the attached PDF.

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