Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Federal Outdoors Youth Czar (more Chiefs than Indians)

Ken Salazar, Secretary of the U.S.Department of the Interior, is creating an Office of Youth for the cash-strapped agency.

The purpose of this new office will be to provide "Department-wide leadership for programs to educate, engage and employ youth."

Salazar borrowed on the idea from his days as Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. He held that post before becoming a Washington legislator and now a natural resources policy wonk.

It is hoped that the office will be able to coordinate programing that will help introduce young Americans from all walks of life to the value of the nation's parks, monuments, refuges, as well as public and even tribal lands.

No cost estimates are available as how this new office will function or where it will get the money to operate.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn
jfrischkorn@news-herald.com

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