After an over-whelming successful summer in 2013, and with continued support from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, California Trout is ready to launch year 2 of the Hat Creek Youth Initiative (HCYI). The objective of CalTrout’s HCYI is to develop the next generation of watershed stewards who will care for California’s important natural resources. With over 100 hours of professional mentorship guidance from the USFS, BLM, CDFW, Pit River Tribe and other important partners, these students were provided with meaningful conservation work experience, tangible job-readiness skills and career guidance while working every day out at Hat Creek.
In 2014, the HCYI will spend the summer pulling invasive weeds, learning about watershed restoration, completing snorkel surveys, and giving back to their “neighborhood stream”. The HCYI crew will also spend one week with the BLM at Fitzhugh Creek revitalizing a 30 year-old restoration project; engaging students in the full-circle of restoration.
Want to follow what the group is accomplishing this summer? Check out our blog: www.hatcreekyouth.blogspot.com