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Youth Program at Risk Because of Wildfires

The Turning Point Youth Residential Program in Josephine County depends on timber sales for it's funding. Right now that money is being threatened by wildfires.

Posted: Aug 15, 2018 5:48 PM
Updated: Aug 15, 2018 6:14 PM

The Turning Point Youth Residential Program in Josephine County depends on timber sales for it's funding. Right now that money is being threatened by wildfires.

The program helps youth in difficult circumstances by providing them with housing, education, and access to medical care, including mental health services.

However, right now, in the Taylor Creek Fire alone, 2,000 acres of county forest lands have been burned. That translates to between eight to nine million dollars in current timber sales.

"If we lose year after year timber lands in our county that are funding our juvenile justice program, we again will have to look at how do we fund that program if the revenues are lost," explains Josephine County Commissioner Lily Morgan.

The affected lands are still burning which is preventing the county from making a full assessment.

The Youth Residential Program re-opened this year after having been shut down for the previous five years because of a lack of funding.

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