2019 Ladd Marsh Summer OYCC Project

May 1, 2019

Union County youth help continue the tradition of giving back to their community. 2018 marks the 25th year that the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area (LMWA), owned and operated by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, in partnership with Certified Personnel Agency Inc. (CPA) and the Friends of Ladd Marsh received a grant from the Oregon Youth Conservation Corp (OYCC). This grant allows LMWA to hire a small group of young adults (ages 16-21) during the summer months to assist with a variety of tasks. This past summer five young adults and one crew leader were hired for the group. CPA actually applies for the grant and manages all of the administration and hiring portions for LMWA.

For a little background the OYCC program is actually a throwback from the original Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) started by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as part of his New Deal in 1933. The CCC hired unmarried men, ages 18-25, from relief families. The employment provided unskilled manual labor jobs related to the conservation and development of natural resources in rural lands owned by federal, state and local governments. The CCC was designed to provide jobs for young men, and to relieve families who had difficulty finding jobs during the Great Depression. OYCC now employees men and women from rural communities where employment is limited.

LMWA has utilized OYCC crews to assist with summer waterfowl banding, infrastructure maintenance and repair, miscellaneous community service projects around the county, habitat projects, and many other tasks vital to the betterment of LMWA and Union County. Without the help of these young adults many of these tasks would not be accomplished. As a quick highlight, the crew this year helped capture and band 986 ducks, 134 geese and 174 Mourning Doves, cleaned and prepared several of the waterfowl hunting blinds, removed and recycled 2660 lbs. of scrap metal, and helped trim trees and shrubs and spread bark mulch at River Side Park in La Grande.

The staff here at Ladd Marsh would like to thank all the crew members for their hard work this summer, we could not be more proud of what this group of young adults accomplished. LMWA would also like to thank our partner Certified Personnel Services Inc. Without their commitment to this program and Union county youth, it would not exist! LMWA looks forward to continuing this legacy and intends to apply for this grant into the future. If you’re interested in this program, go to http://www.oyccweb.com/ to learn more. Also visit http://cpsagency.com/ for more information about them and potential employment.