Field News

For Youth Corps Camping Program Only

 

Oregon fall youth crews, update OCT. 11, 2021:

 

Last Week of Youth Camping crews!

Red Crew is going to be spending their last week in Malheur National Forest. Great America Outdoors Act has founded for new infrastructure in this National Forest. The crew will be building new picnic tables, installing new fire pits and removing vegetation from developed campgrounds in the National Forest.

 

Yellow crew is working in the Willamette National Forest. They will be doing meadow restoration work. Work will include lopping and spreading debris and lopping or hand pulling invasive plants.

 

Orange Crew is spending their last week in Rogue River National Forest. They will be restoring a campsite in the National Forest and installing new fire rings as well as new signage.

 

Northwest Youth Corps and Idaho Conservation Corps Wildfire and Air Quality safety

 

We take the threat of forest fire and hazardous fire smoke extremely seriously in planning our crew operations. Although forest fires are currently much more prevalent in the news, managing crew safety in terms of fire and smoke has been a key risk management endeavor at Northwest Youth Corps for over 35 years. The safety of our members and field staff is our paramount priority, and we work closely with our project partners to ensure that our crews and interns are never in harm’s way. We relocate any crews working in proximity to active fires or that are at high risk of smoke inhalation including, if necessary, evacuating the crew completely from the field.  


Our field staff work very closely with land management agencies to help monitor fire activity in the surrounding areas.  We have developed a decision making rubric for our onsite leaders to use independently that provides direction and guidance in the presence of wildfire smoke, which aligns with Oregon OSHA’s temporary rules regarding wildfire smoke. 

 

We also provide all crews with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), which include N95 masks in the event that local air quality index (AQI) reaches unhealthy levels (though our intention is that they will not remain anywhere for very long that might require an extended period wearing them). Any crew member/leader who is not comfortable with working conditions caused by fire/smoke is strongly encouraged to share concerns with program leadership, who will work to find a solution.