DAvis, CA, Apr 08, 2010 -- USDA Rural Development staff joined the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk to applaud 36 students graduating from the Tribe's new forest management and hazardous fuels crew Academy today. The Academy was funded through a $95,586 Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) from USDA Rural Development.
"We are proud to partner with the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk in their efforts to develop a training program that will not only help create and sustain jobs for tribal and community members, but also strengthen their ability to reduce the risk of potentially catastrophic wildfires this summer," said USDA Rural Development State Director Glenda Humiston.
USDA Rural Development's RBEG funds are available to rural communities, non-profit corporations and tribes for projects that strengthen the economic conditions of rural areas through business and job development and training as well as project planning. The Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk used this grant to develop a hazardous fuels training program which provides graduates with training and certification in wild land fire suppression, CPR, cultural sites and native plants identification and forest management techniques.
USDA Rural Development's mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development's web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov.
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