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High Schoolers across the Rogue Valley are working on Ashland Watershed

This summer teenagers are working on the Lomakatsi Restoration Project.

Posted: Jul 8, 2019 6:42 PM
Updated: Jul 9, 2019 1:35 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. — High schoolers all over the Rogue Valley are working on forest restoration and fire prevention at the Ashland Watershed.

60 applicants applied for the Lomakatsi Restoration Project. Only 20 got hired. They are getting paid to move fallen tree limbs, pine needles and debris. Then next spring a controlled burn will take place in the area.

The work the teens are doing will protect the trees from catching on fire. Plus they're enjoying the work they are doing.

"I'm outside. Whenever I'm at my house, I'm like gosh I wish I was back in the forest. It's such a nice place and it's meaningful work. You feel like you did stuff at the end of the day." said Blayne Denke a Senior at North Medford High School.

We asked the teens why they wanted to be involved in this project. Most of them said they love being outdoors and want to preserve the forests they hike in. "Well I'm out here because I really enjoy just being outdoors and in the environment which I love. I want to go into forestry or marine biology so all things outdoors is kind of my field." said Shelby Wells Senior at Logos Charter School

They say it's hard and dusty work. They are enjoying it though. 

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