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Chugach NF intern receives training scholarship

ALASKA—The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals awarded $15,000 to 13 individuals for 2018 and 2019 under the auspices of the Christopher K. Jarvi Scholarship to Advance Partnerships. The scholarship applicant pool included representatives of all levels of public agencies at the city, county, state and federal levels, as well as nonprofit professionals.

Gemma Amorelli, an Alaskan resident and Forest Service resource assistant on the Chugach National Forest, received one of the awarded scholarships. Amorelli used the scholarship to attend a National Outdoor Leadership School Wilderness First Responder training to prepare for the 2019 field season. Because she often works in remote areas on the Iditarod National Historic Trail with partners, she chose this particular training to equip her with vital skills needed in the event of an emergency. She attended the NOLS 10-day medical training intensive in early January 2019, and now feels prepared for emergency situations that might arise while she’s out working on trails. Training highlights for Amorelli include learning how to reset joint dislocations, perform a focused spine assessment, treat a variety of wounds, and perform patient care in the backcountry. Amorelli is eager to get out into the backcountry on the trails with partners this summer.

The Christopher K. Jarvi Scholarship to Advance Partnerships was created to help dedicated professionals explore ways to enrich existing and integrate additional partnerships into their work to benefit and bring value to parks, public lands and the communities that host them. Sylvia Jarvi, widow of Chris Jarvi, encouraged the Scholarship Committee to “award scholarships to applicants that were creative in their strategies for learning more about the art and science of partnerships.”

Gemma Amorelli hiking a forest trail.
Gemma hiking the Johnson Pass Trail on the Chugach National Forest. Photo courtesy Hugh Winston.
Close-up of faux burned arm.
Gemma used her own faux injured arm to demonstrate third-degree burns to the class. Photo courtesy Gemma Amorelli.