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Summer Youth Conservation Corps Program at Iron River National Fish Hatchery Another Great Success!

Region 3, October 28, 2012
Brianna Starzl and Kyle Pederson assisted with installing the new entry sign to the Iron River National Fish Hatchery.
Brianna Starzl and Kyle Pederson assisted with installing the new entry sign to the Iron River National Fish Hatchery. - Photo Credit: n/a
Installation of informational kiosks at the trailheads for the three miles of trail located at the Iron River National Fish Hatchery was one of the major projects completed by the YCCs.
Installation of informational kiosks at the trailheads for the three miles of trail located at the Iron River National Fish Hatchery was one of the major projects completed by the YCCs. - Photo Credit: n/a

The Youth Conservation Corp (YCC) is a summer employment program for young men and women aged 15 through 18 that allow America’s youth to further the development and maintenance of natural resources on federally managed lands. The program is 8 to 10 weeks in duration and is available to any appropriately aged youth regardless of social, economic, ethnic, racial and disabled status. 

YCC was authorized in 1970 and opportunities for employment are found within the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. YCC members are provided the opportunity to increase self-esteem, learn self-discipline and work ethics, relate with peers and supervisors and develop knowledge and understanding of the nation’s natural environment and heritage. It also prepares them for the responsibility of maintaining and managing these resources for the American people.

This past summer two YCC participants were placed at the Iron River National Fish Hatchery. They were given a wide spectrum of tasks from natural resource management to hand labor projects, as well as the opportunity to work with other agencies. They were instrumental in installing posts and kiosks for environmental education, maintaining hatchery grounds and trails, and participating in fish culture. 

In the spring, all interested and qualifying applicants should submit an application to the Iron River National Fish Hatchery. Applications can be picked up at the hatchery or downloaded at http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/ycc/. We hope to see your application next spring!

Contact Info: Carey Edwards, 715-372-8510, Carey_Edwards@fws.gov