The Wallowa County Board of Commissioners accepted a project application for $24,000 in Title III funds from the Training and Employment Consortium at its March 3 meeting.

The project would combine summer youth employment and forest-related education for a crew of five youth and one adult supervisor. Local TEC manager Marilyn Dalton told the board the Title III money would fund one crew, while funding from the Youth Conservation Corps would pay for another crew.

The board accepted the application, and opened a 45-day public comment period on the project.

In a related matter, the board approved Title III funding (part of the money paid to the county by the U.S. Forest Service to replace forest receipts) for two project applications previously submitted by Wallowa Resources.

Its natural resources field studies education program was awarded $35,000, and Wallowa Resources has already been getting input from local schools and educators in designing the program.

The other award of $10,000 was made for a fuel reduction planning project on Alder Slope.

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