GOCO has announced $500,000 for Youth Corps Projects on Land Trust, Open Space, & Local Government Properties

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Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and the Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA) have announced that a RFP is available for$500,000 in GOCO/Lottery funds for open space, local government, and land trust organizations to hire youth conservation corps. In addition to public parks and open spaces, youth corps projects can occur on private lands protected by a conservation easement. The RFP can be found at www.CYCA.org and requires a brief 3-page narrative. The application deadline is Sept. 27, 2013. Successful projects will be announced in December 2013 and crews will complete the proposed work in 2014. Matching funds/support not required, but encouraged. Applicants can apply for youth corps crews (ages 16 – 25) to complete a variety of stewardship projects including:

 

· Trail construction and maintenance

· Tamarisk, Russian olive, and other invasive species mitigation–chainsaw crews, including pesticide/herbicide application, are available.

· Fence installation and de-installation

· Wildlife habitat improvement

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· Riparian restoration

· Beetle kill hazard mitigation – chainsaw crews available

· Fire fuels mitigation – chainsaw crews available

Youth corps crews work on a “per week” basis. One week of a youth corps crew includes 8-10 people that work at least 320 hours. They arrive on site with skilled adult supervision, basic hand tools, transportation, and camping gear. Day crews are also available.

To find the youth corps that serves your area, go to jfreeman or 303-863-0602 with questions.

Jennifer Freeman, Executive Director

Colorado Youth Corps Association

1640 Grant Street, Suite 210

Denver, CO 80203

Direct – 303-863-0602

Main – 303-863-0600

Cell – 720-273-9861

Fax – 303-863-0610

jfreeman@cyca.org

www.CYCA.org

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