Forest Service, partners address barriers to youth employment in Yakutat

ALTERNATIVE DESCRIPTION OF IMAGE 2 FOR ACCESSIBILITY PURPOSES ALTERNATIVE DESCRIPTION OF IMAGE 2 FOR ACCESSIBILITY PURPOSES ALTERNATIVE DESCRIPTION OF IMAGE 2 FOR ACCESSIBILITY PURPOSES

 

 

The Situk River on the Yakutat Ranger District is a world famous sport fishing destination that draws thousands of fishermen every year. However, many in the community of Yakutat lament that there is little opportunity for employment for local youth amongst outfitter guide businesses who serve these visiting fishermen. This spring, the Forest Service partnered with the University of Alaska Southeast and the Yakutat School system to help lower the barriers between industry, community, and river. During Sea Week, May 7 – 10, Yakutat youth had the opportunity to go on a hike along a fishing access trail, visit a stream to learn about fish habitat, practice fly casting, tie flies, and even dissect a squid. The week culminated in a trip to the Situk River, where eight students learned about what it is like to be a guide, then were lined out with waders and a fly rod to hit the water.