YCC Gives Youth Taste of Conservation Work


Jay Barrett/KMXT

Members of the Youth Conservation Corps took some time off from their busy summer schedule to drop by KMXT on Friday to talk a little about their program. The YCC is a paying job for youth 15- to 18-years-old. Shelly Lawson is the education specialist for the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. She says the crew this year has done a lot of projects, both here in town at the refuge visitor center and out in the refuge itself.

Fifteen-year-old Janelle Leigho describes the first out-of-town job they went on:

(YCC 2 31 sec "We went to Camp Island … like bears and stuff.")

Shelby Dresdow described another of their trips – this one to fix a trail near the Karluk River:

(YCC 3 39 sec "There’s a portage trail out … back and running again.")

Andie Wall and Kevin Gonzales both said spending the summer working for the YCC is worthwhile, and would recommend it to others in the future:

(YCC 4 46 sec "I’m very glad I signed up … not met otherwise.")

The Youth Conservation Corps group is back working in the Karluk area again this week. Their crew leader is Lacy Squartsoff of Port Lions.


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