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San Juan Islands Conservation District: SJICF supports workforce development and education in the field of natural resources

  • Written by San Juan Islands Conservation District

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a program of the San Juan Islands Conservation District (SJICD) that provides work/study opportunities to young adults in the field of natural resource management, received two generous grants from the San Juan Island Community Foundation.

The grants have gone to support safety equipment for forestry work in the islands as well as outdoor gear to support remote site spike-outs and summer camping. The outdoor gear also goes to support the Youth Conservation Corps for outer island spike-outs.

The programs also received a generous donation of camping gear from Peg Gerlock and Phil Johnson, who provided a wide spectrum of tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, and cooking equipment.

On behalf of the San Juan Islands Conservation District, we want to express our gratitude to Peg, Phil, and the generous donors who have supported this young program.

The CCC sprang to life in 2020 from a first round of Orcas Island Community Foundation Covid Relief funding, with the promise of providing young adults with education and career opportunities that could also provide environmental benefit to local public lands. Successes of the first year include establishing entirely new trails in Moran State Park, restoring native species and stream buffers in the Judd Cove and False Bay watersheds, and clearing unhealthy forest land to reduce the risk of wildfire.

This second year looks to expand upon the CCC’s partnership with Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University by providing the opportunity for college-level courses and certificates on a spectrum of subjects in natural resources. These subjects include restoration ecology, ecosystem management, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), biostatistical analysis, and more.

For more information on opportunities to enroll in the CCC and upcoming course offerings, please contact Kai Hoffman-Krull at kai@sjicd.org, visit our website at www.sanjuanislandscd.org, or find us on Facebook.