YREKA FWO - Diversity Champions Recognized
Congratulations are in order to Ms. Darla Eastman and Mr. Trevor Super of the Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office, located in Siskiyou County, Calif. Eastman and Super are the recipients of the 2012 Champions in Diversity Group Award.
Presented to them by Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Diversity Champion award honors Service employees who promote diversity and inclusion among co-workers and in the public, and who exemplify a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion through their personal behaviors and actions.
“I am very proud of the success of the Klamath Basin Tribal Youth Program. The dedication from our special partnerships working together is a positive step for the future of our native youth," said Eastman.
The Yreka FWO is one of four U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offices that work to protect and restore healthy populations of fish and wildlife and their habitats in the Klamath River Basin. The office also provides leadership of the Klamath Basin Tribal Youth Program.
The program was launched last year and was established as way to increase tribal youth participation in the preservation of natural resources and ecosystems through the effective use of water, conservation and restoration projects, and mutual planning opportunities.
A key goal of the program is to build and strengthen partnerships among the federal agencies, Native American Tribal Governments and college institutions in the Klamath Basin. In turn, these partnerships can empower the Native communities by providing youth with employment and educational opportunities.
The program can also help tribal youth create roles protecting natural resources and the efficient use of water, developing a new energy frontier, tackling climate change issues, enhancing wildlife habitat, and restoring our cultural and historic landmarks.
“We are thankful to have great relations between the tribes and agencies in the Klamath Basin in order to have a positive impact for the future of the natural resources and ecosystems,” said Super, who is the coordinator of the program.
Eastman and Super have been instrumental in engaging diverse communities, colleges and universities, and other agencies for Klamath Basin. Especially notable is their effort to identify funding and support scholarships.