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Training Rural Alaskan Youth Leaders and Students or TRAYLS

Training Rural Alaskan Youth Leaders and Students, or TRAYLS is a new program that SEAWEAD helped launch along with SSP partners Sealaska, the Organized Village of Kake, the Organized Village of Kasaan, the State of Alaska and the US Forest Service. This program provides young people from rural communities in southeast Alaska with on the job training for a variety of natural resource stewardship professions. The program was launched in Kake in June of 2017 and provided nine young people with technical training in stream surveys, culvert surveys, wildlife habitat surveys, forest surveys and trail construction.

this is a photo of youth and support staff at the orientation of the training rural alaskan youth leaders and students program pilot

This is a photo of the TRAYLS crew and some of the program support staff from Sealaska, the Organized Village of Kake, the state of Alaska and SEAWEAD.

TRAYLS was funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the State of Alaska through its Challenge Cost-share agreement for workforce development with the US Forest Service and the Native American Fish & Wildlife Society. In-kind support was provided by Sealaska, the Organized Village of Kake, Organized Village of Kasaan, the US Forest Service, SEAWEAD, the Kake Volunteer Fire Department, Alaska Seaplane Service, the Klawock Cooperative Association and many rural residents.

An even broader and stronger partnership is forming around the success of the TRAYLS pilot season in 2017. We will be meeting this fall to discuss opportunities for TRAYLS 2.0 in 2018. If you have ideas that you would like to share, please contact us via email or by using the phone number at the top of the screen.