Local Non-Profit Honored by USFWS

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Photo courtesy of Island Trails Network

Jennifer Canfield/KMXT

Island Trails Network has been presented with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Alaska Region Partner of the Year Award. Shelly Lawson is an education specialist at the Kodiak Wildlife Refuge Center. She says the refuge nominated Island Trails because of their tireless efforts to clean marine debris from Kodiak’s beaches while getting youth involved.

"They don’t only help the community here in improving our trails and access to public lands, they really work well with so many different agencies, corporations, government, non-profits or otherwise. We’ve had such great experience working with them especially involving our youth programs. They’ve really opened their doors to us and included our youth programs into their efforts and what they’re doing. Every year that our students have been involved in their programs it’s been one of their favorite experiences of the summer. They’re just very professional, their staff is very well trained and they’re doing important work and it really makes the youth feel like they’re contributing something to the greater good."

Lawson says during a two week period last year, Island Trails Network involved youth in an effort to remove 3,000 pounds of marine debris from the Kodiak Refuge.

itn_award.jpg

Photo courtesy of Island Trails Network

Jennifer Canfield/KMXT

Island Trails Network has been presented with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Alaska Region Partner of the Year Award. Shelly Lawson is an education specialist at the Kodiak Wildlife Refuge Center. She says the refuge nominated Island Trails because of their tireless efforts to clean marine debris from Kodiak’s beaches while getting youth involved.

"They don’t only help the community here in improving our trails and access to public lands, they really work well with so many different agencies, corporations, government, non-profits or otherwise. We’ve had such great experience working with them especially involving our youth programs. They’ve really opened their doors to us and included our youth programs into their efforts and what they’re doing. Every year that our students have been involved in their programs it’s been one of their favorite experiences of the summer. They’re just very professional, their staff is very well trained and they’re doing important work and it really makes the youth feel like they’re contributing something to the greater good."

Lawson says during a two week period last year, Island Trails Network was involve youth in an effort to remove 3,000 pounds of marine debris from the Kodiak Refuge.

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