The program — known as the Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers — is being transferred to the Labor Department.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has decided to end a U.S. Forest Service work program that trains at-risk youth to be first responders to natural disasters, maintain national forests and work on rural infrastructure projects.

The program — known as the Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers — is being transferred to the Labor Department. As part of the move, it intends to close nine out of 25 centers, according to a statement on Friday. The action could lead to significant cuts to the number of Forest Service employees.

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“There are reasons why the secretary made this decision,” U.S. Forest Service

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