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Recreational Trails Program Award

North Fork I and II Trail Projects

Project sponsor: Westfir, Lane County, Oregon
Award Category: Youth Corp/Service Corps
2004 Annual Achievement Award winner: for trail projects funded through the Recreational Trails Program of the Federal Highway Administration

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The Willamette Wild and Scenic River

The North Fork Trail is adjacent to the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette Wild and Scenic River and the Cascade Scenic Byway. It interfaces with the city of Westfir. Approximately 100 youth from the Westfir and Oakridge area built 4 miles of the North Fork Trail through difficult terrain.

There were 7 bridges constructed. All this work was done using the Middle Fork Youth Conservation Corp and the Oakridge Alternative High School (at risk youth). Because there are approximately only 180 students eligible at the Oakridge High School, this program has had a sufficient impact on the community.

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Young workers on the North Fork Trail

 

Working on the trail is an education by itself. Part of the YCC and the Oakridge High School program is environmental education. Between the work and education, these young people have an appreciation of the woods.

 

 

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One of the bridges built by the Youth Corps

 

 

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