Funding for Forest Youth Success comes from a variety of sources, all of which are vital to the success of the program.
Major funding for payroll and transportation is provided by Title II as part of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000.
“Title II funds are authorized for projects that protect, restore, and enhance fish and wildlife habitat; improve the maintenance of existing Forest Service infrastructure; protect and enhance ecosystems on the national forests; and restore and improve land health and water quality. The projects have objectives that may include maintenance or obliteration of Forest Service roads, trails and infrastructure; improvement of soil productivity; improvements in forest ecosystem health; restoration and maintenance of watersheds; control of noxious and exotic weeds; and reestablishment of native species.” - United States Department of Agriculture
Projects are chosen for funding by the Resource Advisory Committee or RAC. Each year FYS has received the support of the Southern Gifford Pinchot RAC and the communities it serves.
Examples of other projects that receive RAC funding include:
A complete list of past RAC projects and grant recipients can be found here.
Additional funding comes from Skamania County, grants, fee for service agreements, in kind donations, and donations from local businesses.
In 2012, Congress passed a re-authorization of the Secure Rural Schools Act that provided funding for FY 2013 RAC projects to be selected. FYS was selected to receive funding, but at a significantly reduced level. It is uncertain at this time if additional federal funding will be established ensuring the continuity of these types of land management projects.
Forest Youth Success partners with Mt. Adams Institute, and Skamania County WSU Extension 4-H to explore new sources of revenue to ensure that Skamania County youth have the opportunity to participate in this program for years to come.
If you are interested in supporting FYS financially or with work project opportunities, please contact the program director at 360-772-6370 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions or you are interested in supporting or partnering with us don't hesitate to get in touch.
Forest Youth Success
PO Box 850
Stevenson, WA 98648
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Forest Youth Success has changed lives, provided employment opportunity where few exist, supported healthy choices, improved the environment, and fulfilled the goals of Title II funding in Skamania County for 10 years and counting.