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Recreational Trails Program Award

North Fork Boise River Trail Rehabilitation

Project sponsor: Boise National Forest, USDA Forest Service, Idaho City, Idaho
Award Category: Use of Youth Corps
2003 Annual Achievement Award winner: for trail projects funded through the Recreational Trails Program of the Federal Highway Administration

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Idaho's North Fork Boise River Trail

When TEA-21 was passed, a provision was added to the law encouraging the states to use youth conservation or service corps for their RTP-funded construction and maintenance projects. The CRT is so supportive of this partnership with youth and service corps that we established a separate award to specifically recognize achievements in this area.

This year, we are pleased to recognize the North Fork Boise River Trail project in Idaho City, Idaho for their use of youth corps workers. This project reconstructed several sections of trail that had been heavily damaged by wildfire and water runoff.

A Northwest Idaho Youth Corps crew participated in the project. This program offers youth (ages 14 and older) a challenging outdoor learning and earning experience that emphasizes education and personal growth.

 

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Northwest Idaho Youth Corps crew

 

 

 

For this project, they moved small rocks that had been produced when engineers blasted large boulders on the trail. They filled in talus and rocky sections to build new trail tread. They also constructed two porous rock retaining walls, helped clear over 100 downed trees from the trail, and installed two trailheads and 11 trail junction signs.

Accepting the CRT Annual Achievement Award for Use of Youth Corps were Jeff Schramm, Resource Staff, Richard Markley, Idaho City District Ranger, and Brant Petersen, Civil Engineering Technician, all from the Idaho City Ranger District of the Boise National Forest.

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