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Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Program for Summer

The eight-week program is scheduled to run from June 15 through August 7, 2015.Participants will work a 40-hour week at the rate of $7.25 per hour.All interested area youth 15-18 years old, who are permanent residents of the United States, are eligible to apply.Selection for positions will be based on merit, skills and interviews.

Applications can be obtained at Pipestone National Monument Visitor Center front desk between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm (or) request application via emailing from Seth Hendriks at: seth_hendriks@nps.gov

Completed applications may be dropped off at the Visitor Center (or) mailed to: Seth Hendriks, Pipestone National Monument, 36 Reservation Ave., Pipestone, MN56164 and must be received no later than Friday, April 24, 2014.

National Parks Contribute Billions to Economy

Released on Monday, the report from the National Park Service states that recreational visits to the 401 units of the National Park System in 2012 resulted in $14.7 billion in spending in "gateway" communities — those within 60 miles of a park. Factoring in the secondary effects of that spending, those expenditures supported 243,000 jobs and contributed $26.8 billion to the national economy. "Our parks are economic engines for local communities," said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. "They support business ranging from motels and restaurants to gas stations and tour companies and, of course, the people who work in those businesses."

Full Story:http://www.nbcnews.com/business/travel/national-parks-contribute-billions-economy-report-finds-n43431

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