CANYON CITY -Training and Employment Consortium of Grant County has again received funding from the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps for summer work projects which will provide work experiences for Grant County youth.

Approximately 25 youth and five adults will be employed through the last week of June and continue through the summer. Applications are available at the Oregon Employment Department. TEC will recruit, interview, select, and employ youth between the ages of 16-24 years of age, with the partners providing supervision, and work projects. Planned projects include: Magone Lake recreation area improvement; trail building and riparian restoration at Clyde Holiday State Park; trail maintenance at Cavender Bird Sanctuary and Sheep Rock Unit; installation of bird houses along rivers and trails; river bank enhancement; willow planting; fencing projects; and renovation at Lake Creek Camp.

OYCC seed monies help create meaningful opportunities for youth through natural resource projects that enhance the Oregon community with goals of positive youth development, increased job skills, academic progress and success, and increased community involvement for youth. Groups throughout Oregon are encouraged to apply for funding, bringing community partners and resources into the enhancement project.

While community partners have had OYCC projects in Grant County for many years, TEC has coordinated the OYCC program for almost a decade. TEC did not receive Marine Board or State Park grants this year, however, funding by the "Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000," approved by Grant County Court, will provide additional resources for forest-related projects.

Project partners for 2003 include: the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Monument Soil and Water Conservation District, USDA Forest Service/Blue Mountain, Prairie City, and Rager Ranger Districts, National Park Service/John Day Fossil Bends National Monument, Sheep Rock Unit, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, Grant County Juvenile Department, Lake Creek Camp Board, the Oregon State Snowmobile Association, Grant County Fairgrounds, Grant County Court, and the Commission on Children and Families.

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