Connecting Youth with Natural Resources Stewardship

Sealaska is a partner with the Training Rural Alaskan Youth Leaders & Students or TRAYLS program. TRAYLS blends experiential education, on the job training, career counseling and job placement for Native youth in Southeast Alaska to get on the path to higher education and employment in natural resource stewardship.

Recent work by the TRAYLS cohort in Hydaburg

Stepping blocks were recently placed in a bog area near Hydaburg, Alaska, on a trail connected to the park just south of the village. The blocks were put in place by youth participating in a TRAYLS program, sponsored by the Organized Village of Kasaan (OVK).

TRAYLS is a partnership, aimed at increasing the knowledge, experience and leadership in forestry, fisheries, engineering and recreation. The goal: encourage higher education and employment in natural resource stewardship and related career fields.

Sealaska President and CEO Anthony Mallott says increasing local hire in the southeast timber industry requires collaboration and the use of combined resources to stand up positive programs like TRAYLS. “Collaboration allows Sealaska to build a positive reputation and put forth more programs than we could if we tried to do it all by ourselves,” said Mallott.

In July 2017, the TRAYLS crew spent a half a day performing maintenance on the park in Hydaburg. TRAYLS participants spent the month of June in Kake, Alaska working alongside the USFS on projects, including stream and culvert surveying, documenting an archaeology site, and training in USFS Safety Standards. In early July, the TRAYLS crew relocated to Prince of Wales Island where they’ll finish the summer program.

The TRAYLS program partners include:

  • The Organized Village of Kasaan
  • The Organized Village of Kake
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • The US Forest Service
  • The Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • The State of Alaska
  • Sealaska & Haa’ Aaní’ LLC
  • Sustainable Southeast Partnership

TRAYLS in the News
TRAYLS program creates job experience for rural Southeast Alaska youth by SSP Klawock Community Catalyst Quinn Aboudara


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