Alaskan Youth Unite for Trail Work and Cultural Exchange
Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

SCA Trail Crew celebrates their work on the trail from the historic cabin.

SCA Trail Crew celebrates their work on the trail from the historic cabin.

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In 2012 Lake Clark National Park and Preserve piloted a new initiative through our long running Student Conservation Association (SCA) Trail Crew program.  This new initiative targeted the SCA crew recruiting in local villages and communities through the Cook Inlet Tribal Council and the local Lake and Peninsula School District in order to fill half of the trail crew positions with local youth.  This initiative is seeking to provide employment experience for residents of villages without many employment opportunities.  We also hope to provide richer cultural exchange opportunities between bush and urban Alaska youth for all participants.  This year's SCA trail crew was able to complete needed repairs on the Tanalian Trails System adjacent to Port Alsworth as well as reclaim an historic route from the Joe Thompson cabin to the Portage Creek mine trail. In addition to the trail work the crew accomplished, crew members were invited to spend a day at Nondalton Village's Culture Camp to learn about Dena'ina culture through traditional storytelling, games and crafts. They sampled traditional foods including moose, caribou, porcupine and beaver.