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Youth do Conservation Work in Forest Preserves


WCFPD is cooperating this summer with the Progressive West Rockford Community Development Corp to provide summer jobs to teens through the Rockford United Diversion Project. PWRCDC received a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to hire at risk young people to do conservation work. Project Coordinator Larry Sowell, says PWRCDC’s role is to recruit, assign and pay the teens, while WCFPD provides the work opportunities, facilities and materials to carry out the job assignments. A team of eight youth will be working under two supervisors to carry out trail maintenance, pruning, trimming and garbage pick-up in various preserve throughout July and August. Sowell explains that the summer project achieves two important goals which benefit our community.” This program benefits our local youth by giving them gainful employment during summer break, but more importantly it is providing them with job experience and skills that will make them more employable in the future.” The additional help with keeping the forest preserve facilities clean and attractive is icing on the cake!