Ski Conservation and Forest Stewardship Fund

The Northwest Youth Corps offers a challenging education and job-training experience that helps youth and young adults from diverse backgrounds develop the skills they need to lead full and productive lives.

With support from Lake Quinault's guests, the Northwest Youth Corps brought a youth crew to the Olympic National Forest to complete priority trail restoration and soil/water conservation activities during the 2014 field season. The Quinault National Recreation Trail System receives the most use of any trail on the Olympic National Forest, and with an average annual rainfall of over 140 inches, regular maintenance is paramount to keeping the nine-mile trail system in usable condition.

Over the course of the two-week project, the crew maintained or improved over two miles of trail; installed a waterbar, a climbing turn and a switchback; completed 60 feet of bridgework; and built 7 feet of retaining wall and 36 feet of turnpike.

Youth work on the Quinault National Recreation Trail System
Northwest Youth Corps members repairing a bridge