Students removed excess branches, and pulled weeds and vegetation from either side of the trail. They cleared away drainage areas from avalanche debris by rolling logs down a hill.
Most of the forestry projects the students work on are on the Tulalip Reservation. This was the first visit to the national forest for student Moy Flores. “I like working out in nature, it beats the office,” he said. Flores added that cutting down weeds with a weed whip was the highlight of his day.
It wasn’t all work though. After lunch on the first day a Forest Service ranger led the group to the ice caves, explaining the history of the area and describing how snows piles up below the Big Four Mountain to create the caves.
“I try to get these kids out to experience more,” said Jason Gobin, Tulalip forestry manager. The Tulalip Tribe provides summer jobs to teens between the ages of 14-18 to gain experience in career fields ranging from hotel resort management, office administration and housing to natural resource stewardship. The students work 180 hours and receive volunteer credits for high school graduation. For more information about the program contact Jason Gobin at 425-210-5156.