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arrow From the Summer 2009 issue of American Trails Magazine


Conservation Corps and Transportation:
Making the Connection


Youth and conservation corps can help public land managers accomplish their missions. Young people are eager to work, and funding is available to get projects underway.

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To connect stewardship needs with the right workforce, this guide provides case studies from several States to highlight the opportunities:
• Federal transportation funding can be applied to natural resource and recreation projects.
• Every State has programs in place to make funds available to appropriate projects.
• America’s service and conservation corps are trained and ready to do the work.

The 36-page book was produced in partnership with The Corps Network and the Federal Highway Administration. It includes a Guide for Project Sponsors, ideas on developing suitable projects, and details of how to work with state trails programs and corps organizations.

Author Stuart H. Macdonald is the webmaster for and the editor of American Trails Magazine.

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