25 Years of Service
2017 marks the 25th season of the SKY Quilcene Ranger Corps. The QRC provides local youth, 13 – 15 years of age, with part-time summer employment in service to their communities and our public lands.
Each year, multiple QRC trail crews from the Quilcene area work to maintain and build recreation trails in the Olympic National Forest, including the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail. In 2017, students from the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe participated in the SKY program.
Each trail crew spends two days a week—through the course of an eight week season—exercising teamwork and trail restoration skills, working on the Olympic National Forest.
“I didn’t think I was capable of moving a 1,000 pound boulder, but we all worked together, and we did it!” -Tasha S, QRC 2002
Trails Benefit Communities
The town of Quilcene, Washington, located on the Hood Canal of the Olympic Peninsula, has long profited from the natural resources of the Olympic National Forest. Today, Quilcene and surrounding communities also benefit from outdoor recreation opportunities offered by the forest. Together, the PNT, the Olympic National Forest, and Olympic National Park, draw millions of visitors to the public lands in the area, every year.
2017 marks the 25th season of the SKY Quilcene Ranger Corps. The QRC provides local youth, 13 – 15 years of age, with part-time summer employment in service to their community and our public lands.
Partnerships Protect Trails
Managed by the PNTA, the Quilcene Ranger Corps is administered through a partnership with the United States Forest Service, Hood Canal Ranger District. USFS representatives provide supplemental education to QRC students and help prepare them for a variety of careers in forestry, environmental stewardship, and related fields.
Throughout the course of the summer, QRC students are taught trail stewardship skills, in accordance with U.S. Forest Service Standards, by PNTA Crew Leader, Tanner Boggs. Instruction is provided with a special emphasis on trail restoration and teamwork.
Together, QRC students serve their communities by keeping trails open and safe for visitors. They also learn about trail stewardship, Leave-No-Trace Ethics, and reap the rewards of personal and group accomplishments in service to our public lands.
“I learned the importance of trails in our community and how to take care of them.” Emily K, QRC 2002