PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK, Calif. - Local youth could soon get the chance to help work toward recovering the California condor population.
A program run by the American Conservation Experience is getting a federal grant to help hire 23 young people to work on a large conservation program that includes endangered species protection, habitat restoration, community building, and environmental interpretation.
The program, Taking Flight: Youth Make A Difference In Condor Recovery, is in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and Pinnacles National Park. Project activities and training will include radio tracking condors, habitat restoration public outreach and more.
Participants will also be given shadowing opportunities with professional natural resource managers and educators at the BLM field office in Hollister, the Condor and Habitat Restoration programs, and the University of California, Santa Cruz Environmental Toxicology Lab.
It's one of three projects in California receiving funding from the Bureau of Land Management to support conservation employment and mentoring opportunities throughout the state.
Federal officials announced the grants this week. They're part of the Department of the Interior's ambitious youth initiative to inspire millions of young adults and veterans to play, learn, serve and work in the great outdoors. A full list of all programs being funded nationally is here.