Latino Legacy focuses on both urban and rural minority communities. The goal is to develop, implement and evaluate culturally appropriate outreach and conservation education programming designed for Latino communities. Latino Legacy creates connections and builds relationships between Latino communities, resource management agencies and public lands.
Community stewardship is addressed through programs that result in increased community awareness and participation in environmental stewardship activities, such as, recycling, pollution reduction and energy conservation.
Other issues such as control of exotic invasive species, protection of threatened and endangered species, and protection of life and property from wildfire are included in the environmental education components of the program.
The Latino Legacy utilizes two primary outreach tools:
The “Bosque Móvil” (forest mobile), a mobile information station with bilingual conservation and management outreach materials as well as hands-on educational activities, exhibits and programs designed to engage youth and their families in interactive interpretive experiences.
The Forest-Information Team, “Los Amigos del Bosque” (friends of the forest), which conducts bilingual outreach, discussing themes such as the availability of public lands, recreational opportunities and sustainable management practices that the U.S. Forest Service and the Texas Forest Service use to maintain healthy and productive forests.
Some of the projects Latino Legacy accomplished include:
Conducting on-site outreach and conservation education programming targeting urban visitors.
Participating in local Latino and non-Latino community events.
Communicating natural resource conservation issues to Latino youth and families.
Inspiring Latino youth to pursue natural resource related careers.
Recruiting bilingual youth and Latino community leaders to assist in outreach/conservation education programming.
Employing nine individuals (seven bilingual and seven who are university students).
Implementing service learning projects which provide place-based connections to public lands
Outreaching approximately 25,000 people during first year of programming.