Angoon YCC crew starts season off on the Kanalku Trail Project

The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) provides meaningful summer employment opportunities and new experiences for students from Angoon, Alaska. Angoon is a small, rural community with a population of less than 500 residents. It is the only community on Admiralty Island, a landscape of over 1 million acres within the Tongass National Forest that is managed primarily as National Monument and Kootznoowoo Wilderness.

The first trip of the 2019 season, and for many their first backpacking/camping trip, was the Kanalku Trail Project. The crew was dropped by boat at Kanalku fish camp with backpacks and supplies for an eight day wilderness field trip.

The crew worked on three projects during the week of June 19: 

  • In 2018, the Angoon YCC begun the task of removing weir remnants and packaging them up for further transport. The project continued this year with removal of the lower weir components and bringing almost 2,000 pounds of materials a quarter mile down the trail to the mouth of the stream for transport.
  • The crew spent two partial days brushing out thicker sections on the upper half of the Kanalku trail.
  • They also assisted with documenting culturally modified trees, recording and photographing 33 Kanalku Trail blaze trees.

The 2019 Angoon YCC Team crew coordinators are Josh Orem and Kiley Heth. The assistant crew leaders are Kevin Mitchell and Kristin Bales. First-year crewmembers are Justin Abbott-Jack, Leona Demmert, Starr George, and Kji Mitchell.


Angoon YCC crew poses on a log, forest in the background