This grant will support the group’s Junior Field Rangers Program, which is conducted annually in partnership with Pacoima Beautiful, the University of California Extension, and the U.S. Forest Service. This Program is seeking to restore and protect an under-resourced watershed that is heavily used by recreationalists from historically marginalized communities. The goals of the program include conducting restoration work on four acres of riparian habitat and two river miles of Big Tujunga Creek (a major tributary of the Los Angeles River) through clean-up efforts and re-naturalizing of areas impacted by heavy recreational use. The group also expects to reach at least 100 Angeles National Forest visitors through multilingual communications and educate them about recreating responsibly to protect water resources and wildlife habitat. The student participants in the program include BIPOC and economically disadvantaged youth as well as young adult leaders from northeastern San Fernando Valley who will help conduct this restoration over several months. The youth who participate in the program are paid a stipend, and upon completion, they will also earn a California Naturalist certification and college credit through University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources extension. This provides participants with knowledge of local ecology and the issues facing their public lands. Additionally, participants learn about careers in natural resource management, all with the aim of creating a diverse next generation of public land managers and stewards.
National Forest Foundation
Angeles National Forest Junior Field Rangers
California Watershed Protection Fund, 2022
Water Resources / Watershed Protection ; Environmental Education ; Habitat / Wilderness / Preservation
Los Angeles Area (incl. Orange County)
Los Angeles County