Two U.S. Forest Service programs in Washington received grants to support their education efforts.
The Mount St. Helens Youth Stream Team engages underserved students ages 8-18 in critical on-the-ground monitoring and restoration work on river systems of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, said a Forest Service news release. The program received $27,500.
Tripod Fire Learning Landscape, modeled after another program, will teach more than 100 mostly underserved young people to monitor changes following the 2006 Tripod Fire, which burned 175,000 acres on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, and show them career potential in natural resources, the release said. The program received $10,890.
The two grants were among four, worth more than $122,300, awarded to four Pacific Northwest forests. The money will support of conservation education programs that will provide local community children more opportunities to experience the outdoors, learn about nature and build a connection to conservation and land stewardship, the release said.