The Orange County Conservation Corps (OCCC) is pleased to announce it has been awarded $813,677 from the CAL FIRE's Urban and Community Forestry, Proposition 68 Parks and Water Bond Fund (Prop 68) Grant Program. The funding will allow OCCC to plant 100 trees in Anaheim and care for an additional 150 trees while employing and training at-risk youth on the importance of urban forestry and arboriculture. In addition, the grant will provide driver's education training to 30 non-licensed Corpsmembers as part of their career planning and workforce preparation curriculum.
An emergency response and resource protection department, CAL FIRE protects lives, property and natural resources from fire; responds to emergencies of all types, and protects and preserves timberlands, wildlands, and urban forests. The department's varied programs work together using ongoing assessments of the condition of natural resources and challenges of an increasing population to plan protection strategies for California. Department personnel and equipment are a familiar sight throughout the state with responsibility for protecting over 31 million acres of California's privately owned wildlands, as well as provide emergency services to 150 local government cooperators through agreements with districts, cities and counties.
"The Orange County Conservation Corps is delighted to receive this significant grant from CAL FIRE," said Katharyn Muniz, CEO of the OCCC. "These funds will allow OCCC to pursue three important goals: provide paid employment, arboriculture training and educational services to Orange County's hardest-to-reach and neediest segment of our young adult population while enhancing Orange County's environmental footprint."