CBYCC Program

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CBYCC Program

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The mission of the Clearwater Basin Youth Conservation Corps (CBYCC) is to expose youth to natural resource career opportunities and facilitate development of practical problem-solving skills while participants work alongside program and technical specialists on projects that restore aquatic and terrestrial habitat and promote healthy rural communities. 

The CBYCC is a partnership effort between the Clearwater RC&DClearwater Economic Development AssociationUSDA Forest ServiceClearwater Basin CollaborativeUS Army Corps of EngineersNational Park ServiceIdaho Division of Vocational RehabilitationIdaho Department of LaborIdaho FirewiseIdaho County, and other local industries, communities, and organizations.

This program was piloted in 2013 and has been growing every year to include new crews, new geographic areas, and new partners. For the 2021 field season, the CBYCC will employ 6 full crews: 1 in Grangeville, 2 in Kamiah/Kooskia, 1 in Orofino, 1 in Pierce, and 1 in Potlatch. Each crew is comprised of a 5-person team of youth ages 16–18 and 1 adult crew leader.

The CBYCC is a paid youth program offering local youth an opportunity to experience the outdoors in a work-place setting while also providing a fun learning environment and exposure to traditional skills.

Each field crew will work on a variety of projects including those that focus on silviculture, wildlife and fisheries, facilities maintenance, recreation, fuels reduction, trail development, weed management, stream restoration, and protection of heritage and other high conservation value sites as well as exposure community volunteerism. The intent is that work projects provide a valuable experience for the crew, but also accomplish a productive task for the sponsoring partner. Participants also have an opportunity to discover the various land management agencies and both for-profit and non-profit organizations operating right in their backyard.

The CBYCC provides all training, personal protective gear, basic tools, and transportation for the crews as well as all supervision and management.

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