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Correction: Public Lands story

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 23, 2014 at 1:32 pm •  Published: May 23, 2014

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — In a story May 22 about a federal project that will employ hundreds of young people on public lands, The Associated Press reported erroneously the main source of the funding for the $6.7 million project. Wells Fargo is providing $130,000 for six projects, not most of the funding. The remainder of the funding is provided by other groups in the form of cash, equipment, travel, or in-kind services, in addition to $1.9 million from the federal government.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Private money boosts federal public lands program

Private-sector money crucial to federal program that gets young people working on public lands


Associated Press

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Hundreds of young people will be clearing weeds and planting trees from Hawaii to Vermont under a federal program that depends largely on private funding, the U.S. interior secretary said Thursday.

The government is putting in $1.9 million of the $6.7 million for the project announced by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, a nonprofit created by Congress in 1984 to support wildlands, managed the donations for the young workers' project and said the largest contribution, of $130,000, was provided by Wells Fargo & Co. for six projects, and the remainder by groups working on the projects such as Groundwork Denver in Colorado and the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps in the form of cash, equipment, travel, or in-kind services.

The crucial role played by the private sector underlines that the "budget situation is tight," Jewell told The Associated Press, saying internships and youth programs are the hardest hit at such times.

Jewell noted that when she was in the private sector, she tried to make clear to lawmakers that corporate support should not be a replacement for government funding. She said she hoped business leaders would continue to make that point.

"The term supplanting is something we worry about," said Jewell, who led outdoor retailer Recreational Equipment Inc., or REI, before being appointed interior secretary last year. Private efforts "should be the margin of excellence, not the margin of survival."

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