News Release FICOR Holds Forum at Partners Outdoors 2014


This news release is available as a .pdf here.

Washington, D.C. (June 19, 2014) - Partners in Stewardship Through Volunteers and 21 Century CSC – a featured part of the third day of Partners Outdoors 2014 – offered st an exciting view of efforts underway and proposed for greatly expanding the role of conservation service corps and volunteers on public lands and waters. The two-hour session was developed by the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation (FICOR), the coordinating body of directors of agencies that manage Federal outdoor recreation facilities, lands and waters.

FICOR sought to develop a report on service and volunteerism programs and share that report with the top private and public sector recreation community leaders participating in the annual Partners Outdoors program, held for the first time in conjunction with Great Outdoors Month. The report was delivered through oral presentations, PowerPoint displays and videoclips. The reporting session was moderated by U.S. Forest Service Associate Chief Mary Wagner and Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President of The Corps Network. Six efforts were highlighted which connect youth and veterans to the outdoors through service.

The first presentation described NOAA’s Veterans Conservation Project, which aims to help reintegrate combat veterans into civilian life through conservation projects. Work in Northern California to support salmon populations through improved habitats in the Eel River Watershed was highlighted. Recently discharged veterans use teamwork and physical skills and receive additional training and job placement assistance. More information on this project can be found at here.