TRAYLS Training Rural Alaskan Youth Leaders and Students

The first year of TRAYLS, Training Rural Alaskan Youth Leaders and Students, is over. But the success of the 2017 program has partners excited about planning and organizing the next TRAYLS.

2017 TRAYLS participants (photo by Bethany Goodrich) below is TRAYLS participant Corey Peratrovich

Sealaska partners with TRAYLS through the efforts of Bob Girt. Bob is a former Sealaska engineer, who now focuses on bringing awareness to potential careers in the timber industry. Girt says TRAYLS students were in Kake for the month of June and Prince of Wales for the remainder of the 2017 summer. The program provides hands on training for a variety of forestry skills.

Overview of 2017 Work by TRAYLS

  • Excavation and culvert installation
  • Short culvert installations on live streams
  • Vegetation identification
  • Bridge survey and engineering calculations and bridge planking
  • Design and fabricate signs
  • Prepare trail maps for distance and other route features
  • Trail and path maintenance or improvements
  • Slash and debris removal

TRAYLS blends experiential education, on the job training, career counseling and job placement for southeast youth to inspire a path to higher education and employment in natural resource stewardship. TRAYLS is an opportunity to train our own to take jobs in the region. “This is exactly what I hoped would happen in our region – get the next generation excited about the work in the land they live,” says Sealaska Director Jackie Pata.

“I’m proud of the effort our team that worked on this put into the program, Bob Girt and Alana Peterson,” said Sealaska President and CEO Anthony Mallott. “I’m excited about the collaborative approach putting the program together. Each of the partners added to the program and made it something that is positively affecting our rural youth.”

TRAYLS Partners

  1. Bureau of Indian Affairs
  2. City of Hydaburg
  3. City of Thorne Bay
  4. Kake Tribal Corporation
  5. Klawock Cooperative Association
  6. Native American Fish & Wildlife Society
  7. Organized Village of Kake
  8. Organized Village of Kasaan
  9. Sealaska
  10. Sealaska Timber Company, LLC
  11. State of Alaska – Division of Economic Development
  12. Sustainable Southeast Partnership
  13. The Nature Conservancy
  14. USFS Ranger Districts Petersburg & Prince of Wales Is.

TRAYLS in the News

  1. Workforce development programs: Investing in Southeast Alaska youth
  2. TRAYLS program creates job experience for rural Southeast Alaska youth
  3. View TRAYLS images by Bethany Goodrich of Sustainable Southeast Partnership
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