Indian Youth Service Corps launches

The new Indian Youth Service Corps engages Tribal youth in conservation projects on public lands, Indian lands and Hawaiian homelands. Credit: Kristi Rugg/National Park Service

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland joined Tribal leaders and others in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to launch the Indian Youth Service Corps. The new program offers opportunities to Indigenous youth through conservation projects on public lands, Indian lands and Hawaiian homelands. Congress authorized the new partner-based program in 2019. The National Park Foundation committed $1 million to projects undertaken through the program, which is administered through the Interior, Agriculture and Commerce departments. IYSC activities can include research projects, oral histories, habitat surveys, climate mitigation, trail restoration, invasive species removal, fire fuels reduction, watershed restoration, recreational expansion and the development of educational, informational or communication materials for the public.

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