The first day of the Youth Restoration Corps 2003 program was June 2, and I'm happy to be back from Juneau and getting ready to work on the river this year with a dozen great youth who are ready to go restore some habitat on the Russian River and Cooper Creek. The new executive director has done a great job planning this year's program. It will be fun taking a step back from leadership and working as a volunteer group leader. From the sound of things YRC had a good turnout from area high school students who were interested in working this summer. We even have some of the YRC partners coming up this summer to work with the youth, and the executive director had time to sit down with first lady Nancy Murkowski and invite her to come up and join in with working to promote stewardship and restore habitat with tomorrow's leaders. If you can't tell, I'm excited to watch this program unfold. I understand the kind of work it takes to put together the program and realize what it takes to raise the funding to even have a YRC program. So my hat's off to YRC's new director she did a great job. Her smartest decision was to not ask me for advice (grin).
Now if anyone else would like to see what a dozen teen-agers, group leaders and "oh yeah, a politician" can do, drop by the Russian River between now and June 30, Monday through Friday. We get there each day about 8:45 a.m. Bring your gloves, boots and a sack lunch. The public is always welcome to come by. If you call me at 394-1505 (cell phone), I'll let them know in the park your coming and you can drive in to help.
Thanks for all the support.
State Rep. Kelly Wolf
YRC Chair of the Board
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