Written by: Bree Travica, Courtney James, Brandon Ward, Ethan Kadake, Chad Ward, & Audrey Clavijo
The Kake TRAYLS Crew Contract and Mission Statement
In the first week of YCC/TRAYLS (Youth Conservation Corps/ Training Rural Alaskan Youth Leaders and Students) we made up a mission statement and a crew contract to keep us in line:
“Our mission is to make KAKE a more sustainable Southeast community by enriching our native and public lands through hard work and dedication. YCC/TRAYLS Crew serves our community while learning leadership skills by building a foundation for our future.”
For our crew contract we used words like “open-minded” and “teamwork” to help set a positive example and to maintain good attitudes. We all signed to show that we follow the contract.
Recently the city of Kake and our local teen center constructed gardens for communal growing and harvesting. One garden, the Kake Co-Operative, is located downtown and the other is across from the World’s Largest One-Tree Totem Pole. Each Friday we will volunteer our time to continue the building of garden beds and greenhouse structures, planting, and harvesting for local community members.
With “Training Week” at a close, Thursday, we hopped on zoom to learn about water sampling with UAS Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Elizabeth Figus. Elizabeth and her partners taught us how to use gadgets to collect the water and test its pH level, conductivity, and temperature. Samples of the sea water from locations near Kake will be sent to a lab in Sitka for further testing. These results will allow us to further understand the purity of the waters surrounding Kupreanof Island. We practiced with local IGAP representative, Kevin Martin, to get used to the survey procedures. Our first day of actual sampling will be Wednesday
How is COVID-19 Affecting Our Season?
Our season was cut short this year due to COVID-19. This required us to re-plan our season schedule and improvise many of our original plans. We decided to interview the members of the crew to see what they had to say:
Court: “I feel like we could’ve done more if COVID-19 didn’t happen. I feel like we would enjoy it more.
Chad: ”I was looking forward to the stream surveys & working on culverts surveys and many more things outdoors.”
Ethan: “It’s not easy because we’re stuck behind the computer screen talking to people and not in person.”
A big thanks to John Peterka for our awesome new Sagebrush Dry backpacks- produced right here in Kake! Not only are the bags sleek, but they’re also completely waterproof– perfect for a rainy Southeast summer, even in the “Banana Belt”!