By Bob Marshall
Put 'em To Work -- on Conservation
State and federal fish and wildlife agencies facing steep budget cuts will be happy to hear about a new grant initiative from the Obama Administration that seeks to put youth to work on conservation jobs across the nation. “America’s Great Outdoors: Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists,” has a two-fold goal: Getting important conservation work done, and exposing more of America's youth to the outdoors.
The initial phase of the grant program, to be administered by the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, will leverage $1 million in existing funding from the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service, with at least $1 million in matching funds from corporations, foundations and other non-Federal partners to provide critical financial support for conservation jobs and job training programs.
Over the past two years, Federal agencies and partners have provided more than 50,000 young people with paid work and service learning opportunities on public lands and waters.