This summer, Idaho Firewise in conjunction with the Clearwater Basin Youth Conservation Corps, was able to complete a series of fuel mitigation projects across Latah County. These projects were implemented in critical Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) areas, adjacent to public lands and on properties owned by residents who would be displaced in the event of a fire. These projects included thinning timber stands, limbing up trees, clearing vegetation away from existing structures, creating buffers along roadways, and much more! Ivy and Erica (Idaho Firewise), Kip (Nez Perce Tribe) and Marcel (Palouse Land Trust) worked alongside the crews and enjoyed talking with these young adults as they make decisions about their next steps after high school. The youth crews always come prepared to work and to learn and are a great asset to our organization.
We would like to thank the CBYCC, along with the many stakeholders involved for their time in the field, including collaboration and funding to make these projects possible (Idaho Department of Lands, Nez Perce Tribe, Palouse Land Trust). We would also like to thank the landowners for allowing us to implement these projects. Idaho Firewise looks forward to continued partnerships and continuing this great work across Idaho!