After reviewing close to forty applications, an NFPA panel selected ten middle school through college age students, ranging in age from 13 to 20, as recipients of a $500 TakeAction Community Service Project Funding Award. Their projects were completed between September 1 and November 15 and were valuable contributions to their communities; each reduced wildfire risk or increased preparedness. Awards can be used for recipients future educational costs, or as a donation to their favorite charitable organization.
The ten recipients hailed from seven states that included CO, HI, MO, MN, OR, TX and VA. Projects included efforts like the one completed by Sarah G., a student at CO State University in Fort Collins where she worked with the Wildlands Restoration Volunteers and led a fuels reduction project at Ben Delatour Scout Ranch where the work helped protect the Elk Creek watershed from the detrimental effects of large fires, as well as protecting the Scout Ranch where boy scouts will be able to enjoy the outdoors and learn the importance of protecting our natural lands.