The San Bernardino National Forest Association has just received an award of $250K annually over three years to operate an AmeriCorps program. This funding will expand the Association’s newly-launched Urban Conservation Corps to 40 members. AmeriCorps provides funding to local and national organizations and agencies committed to using national service to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health and the environment. The goal of this program is to provide young adults an introduction to public service on conservation-related projects while earning stipends and scholarships that can be later applied to tuition, books or the repayment of student loans. Projects will include tree planting, trail building, native plant nursery maintenance and restoration of fire burned lands.