While federal legislation to create a modern-day Civilian Conservation Corps inches its way through Congress, the Cook County Forest Preserve is moving full steam ahead with programs that deploy crews of youth and adults to tackle restoration and maintenance projects across the district’s acreage.
On an August morning that was about to turn swampy, 17-year-old Nasser Broadnax and 15-year-old Trevon Dixon were making steady progress raking and tamping down freshly laid gravel as they improved a trail at Sand Ridge Nature Center.
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