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Feds hire youth for public lands work in NM, Ariz.

ALBUQUERQUE -- Arizona and New Mexico are among the states that will receive federal grants to hire young people to help with conservation projects on public lands.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the funding this week. In all, $4.2 million in competitive grants will go toward hiring more than 600 people between the ages of 15 and 25 to work on 22 projects throughout the West.

In New Mexico, the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps will partner with the State Land Office to restore mule deer habitat in the Wind Mountain area.

In a separate project, the Bureau of Land Management will work with the Youth Works New Conservationists crew on restoration projects in the Taos Area.

In southeastern Arizona, crews will be working on pronghorn and black-tailed prairie dog projects for 12 weeks this summer.

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