State Capitol
Press Release
September 1, 2009
Governor helps youth complete construction of the Ribbon Trail
Recovery Act funding has helped create 350 youth jobs this summer
 
(Eugene) – Governor Ted Kulongoski today visited the construction of the Ribbon Trail, a project being completed by the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps and funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act).  The project is a part of the $6.25 million from the Recovery Act for youth employment programs that has provided more than 350 youth with jobs this summer.
 
“The youth working here today highlight the importance of the Recovery Act dollars to our state,” Governor Ted Kulongoski said. “Not only are they earning money and learning valuable skills for employment, but a new trail is being created to be enjoyed by the entire community.”
 
More than 350 youth and 75 crew leaders have been hired across the state this summer as a direct result of Recovery Act funds. With these funds, the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps provided at least one work crew in almost every county, and counties with the highest unemployment rates were given the opportunity to apply for multiple crews.
 
The city of Eugene received funding from the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps to hire 12 youth for summer employment, and the Ribbon Trail was quickly identified as a work site for the crew.
“The Ribbon Trail is a very important connector trail in our Ridgeline Trail System,” said Eric Wold, Natural Resources Manager for the City of Eugene. “When the recovery funding through the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps was announced, we thought we had a project that was a perfect fit with the intent of the program. To be able to use the recovery funds to hire youth to complete a priority project for the city of Eugene is a ‘win-win’ situation for the economy and our parks and open-space system.”
 
The youth crews across the state have worked on projects this summer that include:
  • Construction of trails, boat docks, disability access ramps, fences and picnic tables;
  • Restoration/preservation of wetlands, stream banks, endangered species and other wildlife habitat, and historical and cultural sites; 
  • Maintaining all of the above after wind, floods, fire or normal use; and
  • Planting vegetation, water quality testing, removing non-native plants and weeds, watershed work, managing nurseries, landscaping, mapping, surveying, recycling and community stewardship projects.
The Oregon Youth Conservation Corps summer program was established in 1987 to provide a program to increase educational, training and employment opportunities for youth. The program received $6.25 million from the U.S. Forest Service through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
 
Media Contacts:
Anna Richter Taylor, 503-378-6169
Rem Nivens, 503-378-6496
Courtney Warner (Oregon Economic Recovery), 503-378-3554
Eric Jones (City of Eugene), 541-682-5523

Page updated: September 01, 2009


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