Loggers give thousands in scholarships to Nevada County youth
The logging industry has a long history of supporting youth pursuing education and careers in natural resources through annual scholarship awards. The Gold Country Chapter of Associated California Loggers (ACL) conducts a raffle each year to raise funds for their annual scholarship program.
This year, there were two local students selected to receive scholarships. Blake Yokom, a Nevada Union High School graduate, was awarded $1,500 and is planning to attend Butte College to study agriculture and fire science. Chase Riedel, a graduate of Bear River High School, was given $1,000 and is also planning to attend Butte College to become a heavy equipment mechanic. Both applications were selected from 10 submissions for the awards.
The Sierra-Cascade Logging Conference (SCLC) provided 11, $1,000 scholarships to Nevada Union, N.U. Tech, Bear River and Ghidotti High School students. These included Jared Creamer, Elijah Ferguson, Paige Mack, Brittney Price, Tyler Warner, Blake Yokom, Caleb Drais, Grace O’Callaghan, Chase Riedel, Courtney Andes-McCullough and Conner McClure. SCLC hosts an annual “Lumberjack Dinner & Education Auction” to raise funding for a number of educational programs and scholarships.
The current tree mortality crisis in California has demonstrated the need for more active forest management to improve forest health and foster investments in infrastructure to process forest products. Both ACL and SCLC promote the profession of logging to the highest standards as California leads the world in environmental regulations for timber harvest activities to provide for long-term sustainable forest management. They provide ongoing education in environmental compliance, best management practices and safety in all operations.
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