The Clearwater Basin Youth Conservation Corps (CBYCC) is a partnership effort between the Clearwater Basin Collaborative, Clearwater RC&D, the USDA Forest Service, Idaho Department of Labor, USDI Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Firewise, and local counties and communities. This program was piloted in 2013 and has been growing every year to include new crews, new geographic areas, and new partners. For 2017, the program will employ 6 crews; 3 in Kamiah/Kooskia, 1 in Grangeville, 1 in Orofino, and 1 in Pierce. Each crew is comprised of a 5 person team of youth ages 16-18 and 1 crew leader.
The mission of the 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 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 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. The intent is that work projects provide a valuable experience for the crew, but also accomplish a productive task for the sponsoring partner.
The CBYCC provides all training, personal protective gear, basic tools, and transportation for the crews as well as all supervision and management.