Denali National Park, Alaska
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) -- Federal officials are announcing 20,000 new summer jobs for young people to work in America's forests, national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said Friday the summer work opportunities are to target people ages 15 to 25 and put them in touch with the great outdoors.
Salazar said the jobs will involve building trails, clearing brush and cleaning up rivers.
The jobs will come as part of 20 projects across the country that competed for $3.7 million in grants.
The Bureau of Land Management provided $1.4 million of the grant money, and $2.3 million raised through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
President Obama has called for such jobs for the younger generation, to increase land stewardship and provide job experience.
The Associated Press