Exciting New Additions to BECY Internship Program

Posted on May 25, 2015 by Borderlands Restoration in BECY
Local Youth Explore their Watershed while Engaging in Restoration Activities like Seed Collection.

Local youth explore their watershed while engaging in restoration activities like seed collection.

The Borderlands Earth Care Youth (BECY) Institute has provided place-based restoration education and employment opportunities to Patagonia youth for the past two summers. This year we are excited to expand the program to reach students in Douglas, AZ, in a collaboration with Sky Island Alliance and the Douglas Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest. Seeing the Patagonia program as a model for successful stewardship education, the supervisor of the USFS Douglas Ranger District approached Borderlands about replicating the program in their community.  Seven students will be employed in watershed restoration activities on the USFS inholdings of the working Bar Boot Ranch. This project will be the main focus of the Douglas program, which lies at the top of the watershed that contributes to

Douglas Fair

Youth Ambassador, Caleb Weaver, attended Youth Empowerment Fairs in Douglas and Patagonia, to discuss the upcoming Borderlands Earth Care Youth (BECY) Institute and make milkweed seed pellets with the students.

Leslie Canyon Wildlife Refuge, an area that holds crucial water resources for regional wildlife in the dry season. Sky Island Alliance, our non-profit partner in this venture, will expose students to ecological restoration projects in Brown Canyon of the Huachuca Mountains, Ash Spring of the Chiricahua Mountains and Half Moon Tank of the Dragoon Mountains. We are excited to engage youth from a primarily ranching community in conservation activities that are feasible and necessary for any scale of land stewardship and restoration. We are grateful to the U.S.F.S., Douglas High School Agriculture Program, and Sky Island Alliance for facilitating this program’s development and funding. It is exciting to take our goal of place-based stewardship education across the border region of southern Arizona.

Collecting seeds of Ericameria naseosa or Rabbitbrush.

Allegra collecting seeds of Ericameria naseosa or Rabbitbrush.

In order to manage the additional work-load, the Borderlands team is excited to welcome Allegra Mount to the Patagonia office. Allegra comes with three years of experience leading and working logistics for high-school conservation work programs, as well as diverse experience in restoration, botanical field work, and nursery management in southern Arizona. She has already made her mark on the program by developing risk management philosophy, safety protocols, and environmental education curriculum for the summer program. Welcome, Allegra!

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