Lassen Forest - Eagle Lake Land and Trails Collaborative
Primary Contact: Jessica Diermier
PO Box 1461
Susanville, CA 96130
Lassen National Forest's Almanor and Eagle Lake Ranger Districts and BLM Eagle Lake Field Office. Approximately 2 million acres. Northeast, California.
Educational Partners: Lassen National Forest Eagle Lake Ranger District, Bureau of Land Management Eagle Lake Field Office, Lassen County Office of Education, and Lassen Land and Trails Trust.
The Collaborative provides individual school classes and youth with opportunities that expand their outdoor experience on public lands in Northeast California. On-the-ground and hands-on programs are designed to engage youth with projects that support the stewardship of local natural and recreational resources including wildlife and fish habitat, native plants, soil productivity, general ecosystem and watershed services, as well as other recreational resources such as trails.
Programs provide both in-school and field-based experiences and include Trailside Toolbox, Day in the Forest, Day in the Desert, Environmental Camp, and Nature Camp. In addition, unique opportunities are provided for local at-risk and other youth through service learning, mentoring, and 'green' career coaching from working professionals.
The Collabortive is a partnership that includes Federal public lands agencies, office of education, and a public lands and trails trust. It was formed as a means to sustain a needed environmental education initiative. The Environmental Education Collaborative works with school administrators, classroom teachers and leaders of youth programs throughout Lassen County with the common mission of supporting environmental stewardship and the environmental literacy needs of local youth.
The Lassen Forest – Eagle Lake area incorporates the original “Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail,” converted from the old Fernley and Lassen Railroad branch line. Today, the 30-mile trail is used by hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, and cross-country skiers. Much of the trail follows the Susan River through the Susan River Canyon. The landscape is a combination of semi-arid canyon and upland forests of pine and firs. The trail has four distinct seasons because of the high altitude.
Elementary Programming, Grades 3 - 6:
Standards based (State of California), interdisciplinary and grade-level appropriate curriculum that provides a comprehensive understanding of environmental science, regional natural resources, and their importance in the community (place-based). Agency profesionals serve as subject specialists. All programs have evaluative and outcome-based criteria.
Nature Camp - a summer day camp program. Themes: watersheds, wildlife habitat, and geology.
Trailside Toolbox - (4th and 5th grades) Specific life or earth science lessons; in-school instruction followed by on-site outdoor classroom "field days."
Day in the Forest - (all 4th grade students) on-site and field based. Themes: hydrology, mountain meadow and forest habitats and communities, and forest management.
Day in the Desert - (all 5th grade students) on-site and field based. Themes: desert hydrology, sage steppe habitat and communities, and rangeland management.
Environmental Camp - (Grade 6) 2 - 4 day overnight camp experience. Integrates environmental science concepts, natural resource professionals as instructors, and a service project.
Secondary Programming - Lassen County Outdoor Passport (proposed)
The goal of the secondary education program is to provide local at-risk, special needs, and other youth with mentoring and coaching from working professionals, work experience, and support in following a trail to careers in the natural sciences. Objectives are to provide youth with a foundation in the natural sciences, guidance and encouragement from mentors, 'real world' experience through paid internships, and the knowledge and tools needed to compete strongly for futher training opportunities, college and jobs.
Trail to A Natural Resource Career - (youth ages 14 through 21) Introduce youth to careers in natural resource management and provide ‘real life’experience with a sound foundation in the underlying concepts and sciences under the guidance of professional mentors. Structured with field experiences during the academic school year (one semester) and followed by summer internship opportunities. Hands-on projects: wildlife surveys, fish habitat, water quality, native seed collection, trail management, fire restoration, invasives monitoring and management, plantings in a wide range of habitats including sage, steppe, and alpine meadow.
Invasives - monitoring for invasive spcies for treatment and removal, Modoc Line Rail Trail. Restoration of a 44-acre alpine riparian meadow from encroaching Lodgepole Pine, Upper Pine Creek area. Plant willow species along the 2.5 mile stream corridor.
Wildland Fire - BLM Rush Fire Restoration Area; Lassen Creek Conservation Area. Sage brush and bitterbrush seed collection and planting student project.
Habitat - land use, public recreational trails. Seed collection and planting projects; wildlife surveys and trail building projects. Riparian habitat (willow planting) on Upper Pine Creek, to protect the native California Eagle Lake Rainbow Trout.
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