For immediate release: Oct 15, 2009
Posted by: [GOV]
Contact: Brad Rateike
Phone: 317-232-1800

Daniels announces intent to extend young adult summer program for 2010

CHARLESTOWN, Indiana (October 15, 2009) - Governor Mitch Daniels today announced his intention to continue the Young Hoosiers Conservation Corps (YHCC), a program that has used federal stimulus dollars to employ nearly 1,900 young adults to improve Indiana's parks, trails and natural habitats, in 2010. 

"This program has performed beyond expectations as witnessed by the acres of restored habitats, miles of new trails and renovated structures across our state," said Daniels.  "Programs that target economic distress are exactly what I think Hoosiers expected when the idea of the federal stimulus package was first discussed."

The original program end date was September 30, but was extended to October 16 by Daniels because of its success.  The program began May 1 and utilizes federal stimulus funds designated for employment and training of Hoosiers 16 to 24 years old.  The jobs pay $8.50 per hour.

Daniels made the announcement at Charlestown State Park, where he thanked several YHCC participants who held customer service positions and also worked on projects including trail clearing and maintenance, grading gravel roads and parking lots, removal of invasive/exotic plant species and fence construction, among others. 

Statewide, YHCC employees worked on 750 projects at more than 75 DNR properties. More than 30 miles of new trails were constructed and more than 500 miles of existing trails were upgraded or rehabilitated. YHCC constructed 15 new buildings and renovated or repaired 380 existing buildings.  Program participants also rehabilitated or repaired 50 historic buildings, treated or removed 4,700 acres of invasive species, constructed 31 new parking areas and completed 320 other miscellaneous projects. The work was done state parks, reservoirs, recreation areas, state forests, nature preserves and state historic sites.

In addition to continuing the program in 2010 at DNR sites, Daniels is considering expansion of YHCC into urban areas across the state.

The state received approximately $24 million in federal stimulus funds through the Workforce Investment Act to be spent over a two-year period to hire workers for the 91-county program (Marion County funding was separate). 

Young Hoosiers Conservation Corps projects that have been completed:

A map of Indiana DNR properties that are a part of the Young Hoosiers Conservation Corps program can be found at this address: http://www.in.gov/gov/files/Press/DNR_properties.pdf

More information about YHCC is available here: http://www.in.gov/dnr/yhcc-final.ppt

For updated information regarding Indiana's use of federal stimulus funds, please visit: INvest.in.gov

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