Forest Stewards Youth Corps - summer
FSYC Summer basics
The Mission of the FSYC is to provide employment, training, and educational opportunities for high school aged youth in rural New Mexican communities. FSYC participants learn about forest management, fire ecology, watershed health, and wildlife ecology all while earning a paycheck. Many crew members go on to pursue careers and higher education in natural resource management.
This is great news for many employers too, who say it is difficult to find experienced local help, particularly in natural resource management. FSYC crews work to:
- Protect and restore public lands and waters, and natural, cultural, and historical resources,
- Increase public access while promoting local economies and outdoor recreation,
- Perform noxious weed removal on USFS land,
- Build or repair fencing to protect natural and historical resources,
- Build and maintain public recreation trails,
- Create resilient landscapes and fire adapted communities,
- Improve facilities, wells, and cattle guards,
- Restore riparian areas in key watersheds,
- Install wildlife-friendly fencing and restore endangered species habitat.
Corps Stats 2009 - 14
FSYC program accomplishments on-the-ground:
- Noxious weed removal = 1,206 acres
- Fence built or repaired = 120 miles
- Trail built or maintained = 69 miles
- Fire line made/rehabilitated = 26 mi
- Hazardous fuels removed = 892 ac
- Facilities improved = 128
- Riparian and watershed restoration = 316 ac
- Wildlife related improvements = 47
- Timber marked for treatments = 2,845 ac
Press and reports
- KSFR's "Healthy Women" featured Forest Stewards Guild YCC crew leader Selina Chacon and NM YCC Exec Director Sarah Wood, Sept 2020.
- Forest Stewards Guild trains area teens in natural resource management, Santa Fe Public Radio, June 2017.
- 2016 program description
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