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$3.4M awarded in conservation projects

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The state’s Youth Conservation Corps Commission has awarded 32 grants worth a total of $3.4 million for projects to enhance natural resources and urban environments and to employ New Mexico’s youth.

The projects – selected from more than 700 requests from local government agencies, tribes, nonprofits and school districts – are paid for with gross receipts tax revenue, the commission said in a news release.

“Through these projects, the YCC enables hard-working youthful citizens to better the rural and urban communities where they live,” said Youth Conservation Corps Commission Chair Wanda Bowman in a statement. “I’ve interacted directly with participants and community leaders, and the depth of these projects is impressive.”

Awards will be made to the following entities:

• Alamo Navajo School Board, Socorro County, $46,962.38

• Aldo Leopold Charter School-Fall Project, Grant County, $71,655.15

• Aldo Leopold Charter School-Spring Project, Grant County, $109,714.17

• Capacity Builders, Inc-Nenahnezad Chapter, San Juan County, $147,916.48

• Capacity Builders, Inc-San Juan Chapter, San Juan County, $65,666.24

• Capacity Builders, Inc-Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, San Juan County, $149,725.97

• City of Aztec, San Juan County, $54,806.06

• City of Santa Fe, $77,289.24

• Conservation Legacy, Cibola County, $147,013.40

• East Rio Arriba SWCD, Rio Arriba County, $45,560.14

• EcoServants-Lincoln County Project, Lincoln County, $147,147.16

• EcoServants-Otero County Project, Otero County, $147,147.16

• The Family YMCA, Los Alamos County, $103,747.86

• Farmington Municipal Schools, San Juan County, $134,972.47

• Forest Stewards Guild-2018 Summer Forest Stewards Youth Training Course, nine county application, $149,936.04

• Forest Stewards Guild-2018 Fall Forest Stewards Guild, five county application, $149,965.24

• Issachar Calling, The Nizhoni Park Beautification Phase II, San Juan County, $149,976.68

• New Mexico Community Dev. Loan Fund, Bernalillo County, $77,898.08

• New Mexico Extreme Sports Association, Inc., Bernalillo County, $149,289.47

• New Mexico Wildlife Association, Santa Fe County, $135,340.40

• Pueblo of Santa Clara-Summer, Rio Arriba and Sandoval counties, $117,737.84

• Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (Mid-Rio Grande), Bernalillo County, $87,457.49

• Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (Upper Rio Grande), Taos and Mora counties, $129,889.96

• Santa Fe Botanical Gardens, Santa Fe County, $34,335.82

• Santa Fe County, $147,371.61

• Socorro County, $141,598.26

• Taos Land Trust, Taos County, $101,646.06

• Village of Chama, Rio Arriba County, $41,695.33

• Village of Santa Clara, Grant County, $123,572.55

• WildEarth Guardians-Valle de Oro, Bernalillo, $78,834.80

• WildEarth Guardians-Valles Caldera Watershed Restoration, Sandoval County, $147,636.60

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A Youth Conservation Corps work crew from EcoServants in Lincoln County who completed a trail rebuild in the Lincoln Forest near Ruidoso.

Youth Conservation Corps workers on a project in the Santa Fe National Forest. Such crews are typically based out of a Forest Service Ranger Districts, including Cuba, El Rito, Jemez, Mount Taylor, Las Vegas, and Mountainair.

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