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Kelly Forks Residential Youth Conservation Corps Hard at Work in the Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

The Kelly Forks Residential Youth Conservation Corps (KFRYCC) crew has been busy! For the last couple of weeks, the crew has been working on projects in fisheries, wildlife, and hydrology.

Read about these projects in the words of Molly Franklin, KFRYCC crew member:

Week 3: Wildlife Week

This week we had a great time working with the Forest Service wildlife biologist. The highlight of the week was completing bumble bee surveys, which involved catching bees in various locations and recording data about them, like where they were found and their species. This data will be entered into a regional data base where it will be help scientists better understand these important pollinators! We also assisted in labeling newly installed storage boxes at the Kelly Campground, and removed noxious weeds along the North Fork as part of habitat restoration.

Week 4: Fisheries and Hydrology Week

This week we worked alongside fish and hydrology Forest Service professionals. We assisted in completing a cobble embeddedness survey, which measures a stream’s resilience and suitability for fish habitat. We also collected eDNA (environmental DNA) to find out if species of concern have been in stream locations. Our fish biologists and hydrology technician partners, gave us a lesson on fish identification, and then we got to go out and identify some of the macroinvertebrates used to estimate water quality. We are excited to enjoy our last two weeks on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests!

~Molly Franklin

The KFRYCC crew will end their season at the end of next week, after a career day and barbecue with the Clearwater Basin Youth Conservation Corps crews, to celebrate a good season of hard work!

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests is proud to host the Kelly Forks Residential Youth Conservation Corps program – a conservation and education work-based program for youth between the ages of 15 and 18. The crew is based out of the Kelly Forks Work Center along the North Fork of the Clearwater River and works together with the Forest Service to complete conservation projects that are pivotal to the agency’s success. Learn more about the program:

https://www.fs.usda.gov/…/nezperc…/about-forest/jobs/…

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