On Wednesday, August 15, the Mid-Pacific Region's Klamath Basin Area Office hosted a delegation of the Hoopa Valley Tribe on a visit to the Upper Klamath Basin where they toured Reclamation's Link River Dam and the "A" Canal Fish Screen and Evaluation Station. The Hoopa tribal members were guests of The Klamath Tribes, with whom they were meeting to discuss issues that affect both tribes. Several of the delegation members were youth employed as interns and summer hires by the Department of the Interior as part of the 2010 Youth in the Great Outdoors Initiative.
The goal of the Youth in the Great Outdoors Initiative is "to employ, educate and engage young people from all backgrounds in exploring, connecting with and preserving America's natural and cultural heritage." To implement the initiative, Reclamation is collaborating with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Bureaus of Indian Affairs and Land Management, Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Yurok Tribe, Hoopa Valley Tribe, Karuk Tribe, The Klamath Tribes, the Quartz Valley Indian Tribe and the Resighini tribes.
The Mid-Pacific Regional Office's Native American Affairs Program Manager, the Northern California Area Office's Area Manager, the Trinity River Restoration Program's Executive Director, and the Klamath Basin Area Office's Area Manager have joined together with the Yurok, Hoopa Valley and Karuk Tribes and The Klamath Tribes to sponsor summer employment of tribal youth. Follow-ing are two examples of these efforts:
The Klamath Basin Area Office: Funding was provided to The Klamath Tribes to fill 11 tribal youth slots in their Outreach Technical Assistance Program; two of those positions were filled within KBAO. The first intern, a high school student, learned the tools that fish biologists use in the field and gained hands-on experience in monitoring and researching projects, including boating on Upper Klamath Lake, Klamath River and Clear Lake; remote field work tracking suckers in Clear Lake; and handling fish in UKL and at the A Canal Fish Evaluation Station. He entered fish sampling data gathered from the A-Canal into the Fish Division's computer database and learned how endangered suckers are culturally significant to The Klamath Tribes. The second intern, a college student, is currently working at KBAO in a rotational capacity with the Fisheries Resources Branch, Water Operations Branch and the Administrative Office. She is also getting field experience with the branches' water quality and fisheries crews.
The Trinity River Restoration Program: The TRRP's restoration objective is to enhance Trinity River processes and increase salmonid habitat as described in the December 2000 Record of Decision for the Trinity River Mainstem Fishery Restoration Environmental Impact Statement. In 2011, the TRRP engaged a tribal youth as an intern to work as a team member in adaptive management monitoring and assessment activities. The intern received instruction in engineering, physical science, and fisheries and other biological studies for the TRRP, participated in project field activities with TRRP staff and partners, provided administrative support for science and engineering activities, made field trips to specific TRRP sites, and provided input and recommendations for future internships.
Released: August 20, 2012