Salazar, Sutley to Visit Santa Monica Mountains to Kick-Off Campaign to Hire 12,000 Young People for Summer Work on Public Lands


Will Announce $3.7 Million in Competitive Grants During Visit


05/16/2012

Contact: DOI Communications Office 202-208-6416

SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, California – On Friday, May 18 - in response to President Obama’s call to expand opportunities for summer employment for young people – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Chair of the White House Council of Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley will join members of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps and the California Conservation Corps to kick-off summer work opportunities for more than 12,000 young people in national parks, wildlife refuges, and other public lands managed by the Department of the Interior (DOI).

During the visit, Salazar and Sutley will visit with youth corps members to discuss their work in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. They will then announce 20 youth conservation corps projects across the country that have been awarded funding through an innovative public-private partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Since Secretary Salazar established youth employment as a high priority performance goal, the Department of the Interior has employed 35% more young people each year since Fiscal Year 2009. Overall in FY 2012, Interior expects to employ more than 21,000 young people between the ages of 15 and 25.

WHO: Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Nancy Sutley, Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality
WHAT: Kick-Off to Summer Jobs Campaign on Public Lands
WHEN: Friday, May 18, 2012, 12:30 PM PDT
WHERE: Solstice Canyon, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
3455 Solstice Canyon Drive, Malibu, CA, near Corral Canyon Road
MEDIA: All credentialed media are invited to cover the announcement.
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