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The Kelly Forks Residential YCC Crew Update from the Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forest

Each season, Kelly Forks Residential YCC participants are encouraged to reflect and share about the projects they work on each week for the duration of the program.

Keep reading for the latest field update from crew member Sophia!

“This week we camped at the Canyon Work Center. We spent our time learning what a timber crew does and what it would be like to work on a timber crew. We were working on the Owl Salvage Timber Sale, deciding which trees still have a chance of surviving after a fire went through the unit last year. We were handed our own cans of paint and walked around the unit looking for trees that were still alive and thriving. We all had a blast learning about the trees and spraying them with paint. On one of the days, we got to meet some outfitter’s horses and mules along the road. Before working on this project, none of us knew the work that went into a timber sale. At the end of the week, we were able to hike up to the Eagle Point Lookout and got to enjoy the beauty of the North Fork!”

-Sophia B.

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests is proud to host the Kelly Forks Residential Youth Conservation Corps (KFRYCC) 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/