Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced a joint project with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Thursday to help restore sage grouse habitat in southern Idaho ravished by fire.
The Bureau of Land Management, will conduct habitat restoration throughout the Twin Falls district on areas burned by wildfires in 2011 and 2012 to benefit sage-grouse and other wildlife dependent on sagebrush-steppe habitat including mule deer.
Jewell made the announcement today in Portland as a part of $4.2 million in grants to support conservation employment and mentoring opportunities for more than 600 young people ages 15-25 on public lands.
Encouraging parents and teachers to get children outside is one of Jewell’s initiatives. Jobs is one of President Obama’s. The Twin Falls project is part of his administration’s efforts to develop a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps. The funds include $1.27 million from the BLM and the Bureau of Reclamation, which helped leverage $2.65 million from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and $275,000 from Wells Fargo.
“This initiative is a model of how public-private partnerships can both conserve our land and provide opportunities for our young people to obtain jobs skills and broaden their horizons by connecting with the great outdoors,” said Jewell.
Youth volunteers from communities in south-central Idaho will work with BLM and Idaho Department of Fish and Game biologists and ecologists to plant shrubs and collect native seeds.
The project funds include $35,000 from BLM and $37,368 non-federal funds.