Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO): Conservation Service Corps
In partnership with the Colorado Youth Corps Association, GOCO offers funding to hire conservation service corps for outdoor recreation and natural resource stewardship projects. Beginning in 2020, GOCO will commit $1,000,000 annually, doubling our previous annual investments. Another $500,000 is offered through GOCO funding to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
CYCA is a statewide coalition of eight accredited conservation service corps that employs and trains youth, young adults, and veterans (typically ages 14 – 25). CYCA-accredited corps serve more than 1,700 participants each year.
Conservation service corps crews complete a variety of projects, including:
– Trail construction and maintenance
– Tamarisk, Russian olive, and other invasive species mitigation – chainsaw crews, including pesticide/herbicide application, are available
– Fence installation and de-construction
– Wildlife habitat improvement
– Riparian restoration
– Beetle kill hazard mitigation – chainsaw crews available
– Fire Fuels mitigation – chainsaw crews available
Cities, counties, parks and recreation districts, certain other political subdivisions of the state, and land trusts are eligible to apply. Eligible entities can sponsor projects on behalf of school districts, unincorporated cities and towns, community groups, and other ineligible entities.