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As Parks Suffer, Interior Hiring Youths to Groom ‘New Generation of Conservationists’

New projects in the wake of sequestration shortfalls include teaching Latino youth appreciation for shorebirds.

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Bridget Johnson

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May 28, 2013 - 7:13 pm
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In the first summer since mandatory sequestration cuts went into effect, outdoor playgrounds around the country have had to compensate for stripped budgets with reductions in access or services.

Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts announced at the beginning of April it would have to cut most of its programs along with some technicians and custodians to cope with a $376,000 shortfall. John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in Oregon said at the end of April that it would have to shutter its visitor center for 30 days and cut tours for school groups by 80 percent. Acadia National Park in Maine declared it would have to reduce staffing and the park would be closed for an additional month.

In addition to many more examples like this across the nation’s protected lands, the prospect of furloughs still looms as does the potential for decreased upkeep of nearly 30 percent of the country’s land area controlled by the federal government.

But you’d hardly know there was fiscal trouble at the Interior Department with the latest project of President Obama and new Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

For his Youth Jobs+ program, Obama “issued a challenge to businesses, non-profits, and government: work together to provide pathways to employment for low-income and disconnected youth,” according to the White House. It follows on the heels of his 2012 Summer Jobs+ program that focused on youth employment in the heat of campaign season.

Jewell announced that $1.27 million is being pulled from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Bureau of Reclamation to support “conservation employment and mentoring opportunities for more than 600 young people ages 15-25 on public lands across the country.”

“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. former president and CEO of REI.

She said the program builds not only on Obama’s summer jobs call but on his 21st Century Conservation Service Corps idea announced in January.

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"Another program is designed to teach Latino youth appreciation for shorebirds." It's a good thing too, because there will be a whole 'lotta government make-work for Latinos once The Amnesty comes.

God I hate these f*****g people. I hate them from the depths of my stinkin' bowels.
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Sounds like a beginning of modern day "brown (green) shirts". You must be taught proper appreciation of nature. If you fail, you will be sent to the appropriate reeducation camp to be subjected to endless recorded speeches by Al Gore.
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I bet they're using the money they extorted from Gibson:

"Gibson, fearing a bankrupting legal battle, settled and agreed to pay a $300,000 penalty to the U.S. Government. It also agreed to make a "community service payment" of $50,000 to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation — to be used on research projects or tree-conservation activities."

Read More At Investor's Business Daily: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/052313-657569-gibson-guitar-raid-like-tea-party-intimidation.htm#ixzz2UfqgLnWw
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How about teaching 'latino' youth application for borders?
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Shorebirds? How a about starting with a frickin' library.
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Sequester only negatively effects the legitimate functions of government. They'll find the money for everything else if they have to audit everyone that isn't registered Democrat to do it.
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Certainly so. Here in Boston, while vital services have been cut, the City still funds a "Fishing Camp for Disadvantaged Teens" program to the tune of almost one million dollars per/year.
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Habitat enhancement, fence mending, and shorebird appreciation will doubtless strike the youthful participants as the dullest shyt they've ever done and does anyone have a spliff? Another lefty "program" that will sour youth on sanctimonious conservationism forever. Good job, Obama; you saved us from writing a lecture.
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