U. S. Forest Service and SCA To Partner on ARRA Trailwork

Rockbridge Weekly
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Trails To Benefit from Federal Stimulus

Roanoke, VA (Feb. 8, 2010) - The U.S. Forest Service and the Student Conservation Association (SCA) will partner to improve numerous trails on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, using funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). SCA is currently recruiting to fill nine project leader positions and 37 trail team member positions for seven SCA trail teams. During the summer and fall of 2010, these teams will improve up to 175 miles of national forest trails in Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Botetourt, Craig, Highland, Montgomery, Roanoke and Smyth Counties.

This project will provide work opportunities through SCA, the country’s leading conservation service organization. SCA partners with public land managers to build conservation leaders and engage young adults in hands-on environmental stewardship. Trail teams live and work together in the backcountry. Team members receive a living allowance, food, and housing; while learning trail skills, outdoor leadership, wilderness first aid, and Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.

“We welcome this opportunity to work with SCA to provide jobs and accomplish important natural resource work,” said Henry Hickerson, Acting Forest Supervisor. “This work would not be possible without federal stimulus funding.” Hikers, backpackers, horse riders, bicyclists, and motorized recreation enthusiasts enjoy more than 2,100 miles of trails on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.

Information sheets for the SCA project leader and trail team member positions are available from local U.S. Forest Service offices. Detailed information and applications are available at the SCA website, www.thesca.org. Additional information about ARRA is at www.recovery.gov, and www.fs.fed.us/recovery/