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EAC-BLM Partnership receives grant

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EAC-BLM Partnership receives grant

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College recently received a grant program award of $74,400 for its work in the conservation sciences. The grant is funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), and Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), who recently announced the “2014 Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists” grant program recipients in support of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) Initiative.

“The award will be used to support fieldwork in partnership with the BLM, with a large portion of the funds going to EAC students as interns,” says EAC biology instructor, Dave Henson.

The grants, the latest in the Obama Administration’s efforts to develop a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps and expand employment opportunities for young people and veterans, will provide jobs resulting in paid conservation work experiences for more than 620 youth on public lands, as well as fund materials, transportation and other related supplies. These projects will also support approximately 1,550 volunteers working on public lands.

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell made the announcement at an event at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge outside Denver, Colorado.

“We have a shared responsibility to protect and promote public lands that belong to all Americans so our children and their children can enjoy them for generations to come.

The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps is built through strong public-private partnerships that not only provide employment opportunities to young adults but also provide powerful connections to nature that will last a lifetime,” she said.