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By Henry Netherland

Youth tribal members help with forest restoration efforts


August 5, 2021

Henry Netherland, Pathfinder

Members of the Mission Mountains Youth Program pull noxious weeds out of the ground in the Swan Valley to hinder their impact on the forest land. From left are Taysean Burke, Swan Valley Connections education director Sara Lamar, Iggy Pierre, Program Leader Tim Ryan, Lou'Rasia Weatherwax and Tyanna Bostwick.

SWAN VALLEY - Young adults of the Salish, Kootenai and Blackfeet Tribes have been helping with forest restoration efforts in the Swan Valley since mid-June through the Mission Mountains Youth Program. Their service will conclude at the end of July. 

This is the program's first year of existence. Program Leader Tim Ryan said his niece Marlee Ostheimere, from the National Forest Foundation, approached him to establish the program. He was inspired by another youth organization he was involved with for two years in high school called the Young Adult Conservation Corps. He promoted the program...

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