Youth Conservation/Service Corps and Community Outreach


North Fork I and II Trail Projects - Oregon

One of the bridges built by the Youth Corps

Working on the trail is an education by itself.

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 work was done using the Middle Fork Youth Conservation Corp (YCC) 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.

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.

The Willamette Wild and Scenic River

The Willamette Wild and Scenic River

More winners of this award

2023: Statewide Conservation Trails Crew

2021: Evans Creek ORV Area

2020: Monadnock Trail Improvement Project

2019: Lassen Peak Trail

2018: Pole Mountain Trails - Wyoming

2017: Arizona Conservation Corps Mogollon Rim Ancestral Lands Trail Crew - Arizona

2016: Rock Creek Park Bridge Project - District of Columbia

2016: Utah Conservation Corps Bike Crew - Utah

2015: Iowa DNR Americorps Trail Crew - Iowa

2014: Alaska Trails Mobile Tool Trailers

2013: Leicester Hollow Loop Trail - Vermont

2012: Mount Yale Trail Realignment - Colorado

2011: Anchorage Hillside Singletrack Trail System - Alaska

2010: Hyde Park Heritage Greenway - New York

2009: North Bend Lake Equestrian Trail - West Virginia

2007: Continental Divide Trail Alliance Youth Corps

2006: Swallow Falls Trails and Muddy Creek Falls Overlook - Maryland

2005: Superior Hiking Trail - Minnesota

2003: North Fork Boise River Trail Rehabilitation - Idaho