Greening Youth Foundation Receives USDA Forest Service Award
Greening Youth Foundation (GYF) received a “Diversity and Inclusiveness Award” at the Forest Service Regional Forester’s Annual Awards Ceremony on October 29, 2015. The award, in the Group Award category, was for a project in collaboration with the Osceola National Forest in FL, The Conservation Fund, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the Jacksonville Job Corps Center.
The project that won the award saw GYF receive funding from the USFS to offer 16 weeks of practical wildland fire-fighting experience at the Osceola NF to two recent Job Corps graduates. These graduates were part of a group of 10 that had recently been trained and certified as Wildland Fire Fighters and given their “Red Card” certifications at the Moody Forest in south Georgia.
The award, presented by USFS Region 8 Regional Forester Tony Tooke, was the third award GYF has received from the USDA Forest Service lately, behind the 2014 Cultural Diversity Award, and the 2013 Blue Ridge Ranger District of the year Partnership award.