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High school students hired for Storrie Fire restoration work attend their first orientation session at Mount Hough Ranger Station on May 4. Goofing off from left: Lucas Carmichael, Che Rubalcava-Cunan, Christina Anderson, Craig Martynn, Sierra Buttes crew leader Mandy Beatty, Levi Kinateder, Lauriee Jackson, Lathecia Watson, Jade Arrieta and crew leader Cody Clayton. Photo by Laura Beaton
Eight high school students from around the county and beyond will be gainfully employed this summer doing restoration work in the Storrie Fire area.
The students attended their first orientation at Mount Hough Ranger Station on May 4.
Their trail work will begin June 24 and continue for six weeks, Monday through Thursday, with weekends off.
The program is a partnership between the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, Plumas National Forest, Plumas Unified School District, Feather River College, Pacific Crest Trail Association and numerous sponsoring businesses.
The students will camp out in Forest Service campgrounds for five weeks, and spend one week camping out in the field.
Their tasks will mainly consist of fire restoration and trail work on the Pacific Crest Trail, often in very steep terrain.
The students hail from the communities of Chester, Crescent Mills, Strawberry Valley, Oroville, Chester and Quincy.
Before they begin working they will receive thorough training in equipment use and maintenance, backcountry safety and trail building.
Students will have additional educational opportunities in areas of science, history and nutrition.
Sierra Buttes crew leaders Cody Clayton and Mandy Beatty will supervise and work alongside the group.
“Luck is when preparation meets opportunity,” Clayton told the crew during orientation. The students will discover for themselves how their summer job fits into that concept.
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