Youth Conservation Corps Trains for Work on New Mexico’s Forests and Watersheds

Forty six YCC crew members, ages 15 to 19, will attend the three day training.

The Forest Stewards Guild’s Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program will kick-off the 2016 field season with a crew member training June 1st through 3rd. Forty six YCC crew members, ages 15 to 19, will attend the three day training to be held at Hyde Memorial State Park near Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The YCC Program is a summer work-earn- learn program for young men and women to help restore New Mexico’s forests and watersheds. Over the summer, program participants develop a deeper appreciation of our natural heritage, learn the fundamentals of forest ecology, receive on the job training, and earn a salary while completing projects on National Forest system lands. “The combination of engaging youth and restoring our forests is really powerful” said Eytan Krasilovsky, the Forest Stewards Guild Southwest Director. YCC crews work on conservation projects including forest, rangeland, and wildlife habitat restoration. Projects facilitate development of a solid work ethic, leadership skills, understanding of U.S. Forest Service (USFS) programs and disciplines, and an opportunity to work together with other youth of diverse backgrounds.

Since 1999, the Guild has provided youth training and an introduction to natural resource management through our successful Youth Conservation Corps program. The during a typical year, Forest Stewards Guild YCC crews completed over 12,000 hours of natural resource management projects and over 2,000 hours of educational sessions on six USFS Districts. More than 700 rural youth have been through our program, many of whom have continued to higher education and careers with the Forest Service. Crew members have an opportunity to earn college credit in forestry management through a partnership with Santa Fe Community College.

This program is made possible through support from the New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps Commission, Region 3 of the USDA Forest Service, Cibola National Forest, Mountainair Ranger District, Mt. Taylor Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest, Cuba Ranger District, Las Vegas Ranger District, Jemez Ranger District, Carson National Forest, El Rito Ranger District, National Forest Foundation, Honey Bee Foundation, Taos Ski Valley, Fire and Hops Gastropub, Enterprise Rent-a- Car, and Santa Fe Brewing Company.

Attend the training, meet the crews, and learn more about their restoration work at Hyde Memorial State Park (740 Hyde Park Rd. Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501) on Thursday, June 2 nd , at 9 am. Please RSVP by June 1st to Zander Evans at 505-983- 8992 ext. 36.

About the Forest Stewards Guild

The Forest Stewards Guild is a national organization of foresters, natural resource professionals, and supporters that practice and promote ecologically, economically, and socially responsible forestry as a means of sustaining the integrity of forest ecosystems and the human communities dependent upon them. 

Sourced from a Forest Guild press release.