National Forest District Works to Engage Young People

Members of the Youth Conservation Corps work on a Coronado National Forest project. | Courtesy of Coronado National Forest

A district of the Coronado National Forest in Southern Arizona is partnering with youth organizations to help young people create a connection to the forest.

The Safford Ranger District offers opportunities for teenagers and young adults (ages 14 to 25) to perform work on the forest and earn money for their club or organization. Each club receives $50 for every eight hours worked, driving time included, the national forest says.

Work performed includes construction of erosion-control dams, hauling and stacking wood, cleaning campgrounds and fire rings, and maintaining trails.

As of last week, the ranger district still had more than 100 participant slots available for this fiscal year, which ends September 30. There will be more funding for additional participants once the new fiscal year begins, the district says.

Clubs and organizations seeking to participate in a forest project should contact Safford District Ranger Kent Ellett at 928-348-1974 or email him at [email protected].

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