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Students will blaze trails in the great outdoors

The Siskiyou Mountain Club plans to hire local college students for a summer work and education program.

The students from Jackson, Josephine and Curry counties will be hired to do trail-building and maintenance projects in the Soda Mountain and Kalmiopsis wilderness areas, according to Gabe Howe, the club's executive director.

Participants will read daily from America's great outdoor authors, write daily journal entries and submit several essays over the summer.

Participants in the program will earn a stipend of $80 per day. Half of it will be paid directly to the student and half will be accrued and paid directly into students' college accounts after completing the program.

Applicants should be in good physical shape and be willing to spend up to 12 days at a time camping in remote wilderness.

Details, tentative schedule and an application are available at www.siskiyou mountainclub.org/2014-youth-crew.

Applications will be accepted through April 15, and the crew will be chosen by May 3.

For details, contact Howe at 541-708-2056 or howegabe@gmail.com.

Four local teen hunters were among the 10 kids who won guided turkey-hunting trips this spring on the C2 Ranch near Lake Creek.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Vince Oredson drew the 10 winners of the coveted hunt Monday from a pool of 159 applicants from across the state.

Two Central Point youngsters, one from White City and one from Eagle Point made the field. Others live as far away as Astoria, Prineville and Tillamook.

The winners will get one day of guided turkey hunting on the ranch either during the youth turkey season that runs April 12-13 or any time during the general spring season, which runs April 15 through May 31.

Last year's hunt drew 241 applicants, many from out of the area. Last year, four of the 10 youth hunters killed a turkey.

The youth turkey hunts result from an agreement between ODFW and C2 Ranch under the state's Access and Habitat Program.

The A&H Program gave C2 Ranch a $24,000 grant toward funding myriad habitat improvements for big game and other wildlife species. In return, the ranch owners agreed to provide 28 guided youth deer hunts and six adult archery deer hunts last fall, and will offer 10 youth turkey hunts this spring.

This is the last year of the current grant agreement, Oredson says.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/MTwriterFreeman.