A ‘wild’ experience with the Forest Service


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With the increased use of electronic devices and scheduled activities competing for children’s outdoor time, how can we strike a balance?


There’s still hope by encouraging kids to get outdoors and to experience wild things.


In March, the Klamath National Forest and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Yreka Field Officejoined forces with an interactive wildlife education booth at the annual Siskiyou County Sportsmen’s Expo in Yreka, Calif.


The booth featured hands-on activities for children including skins, skulls, tracks and scat of local mammals, as well as interpretive handouts about habitat and species management.


“The goal of this type of outreach is to instill a sense of excitement for the species diversity of our area and to encourage people to make time to get outside and see the wonders of our Klamath Mountains,” said Sam Cuenca, Fish and Wildlife biologist.


This popular, two-day event featured all things related to outdoor recreation and drew 3,100 visitors this year.


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