Nixon creating Youth Corps for state parks

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Nixon is planning to put more than 1,000 young Missourians to work cleaning up state parks.

Nixon says he is creating the "Missouri State Parks Youth Corps" to provide summer jobs for young people at 85 state parks and historic sites.

The governor says the youths will pick up trash, cut brush, build trails and, he hopes, learn to be good stewards of the land.

Nixon spokesman Scott Holste says the $1.8 million program is being financed with federal stimulus money earmarked for creating jobs for young people.