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New Forest Youth Success Program Coordinator Hired

FYS CoordinatorHeidi Schmidgall has been named the new Forest Youth Success Program Coordinator.

Forest Youth Success is a summer work program for Skamania County teens. Participants complete outdoor work projects such as trail work, native plant restoration, and campsite improvement for the United States Forestry Service and other public agencies. The program has a focus on role modeling work ethic and professional behavior, teaching natural resource management and forest ecology, and encouraging the development of life skills like teamwork and communication through the use of WSU Extension 4-H portable ropes initiatives.

The position is under the general supervision of the Superintendent of the Stevenson-Carson School District and the Washington State University Skamania County Extension Office with strong collaboration from Mt. Adams Institute.

“Ms. Schmidgall comes to Forest Youth Success with a unique and diverse combination of experience, skills and talents. Schmidgall has a demonstrated commitment to youth education, natural resources, and the Columbia River Gorge. We believe she has the skills and passion to lead the Forest Youth Success Program to continued success and we are excited to work with her,” said Hannah Brause, WSU Extension Director of Skamania and Klickitat Counties.

“My involvement with outdoor programs has given me various opportunities of working with federal and state public land and resource management agencies,” Schmidgall said. “I have worked on trial crews in Boulder County, Colorado and have organized service learning trail projects for students while working for Bold Earth, an adventure travel company and Pacific Quest, a Hawaiian wilderness therapy program. I worked as an AmeriCorp intern for Cascade Mountain School, which allowed me to understand the dynamic partnership between public agencies, including Non Profits, the Forest Service, Public Lands, School Boards, and community organizations. My knowledge and experience with these programs will allow for a successful and smooth transition as the Forest Youth Success Coordinator. I am excited to be working with Skamania County and all of the people involved in this amazing program.”
Schmidgall is a graduate of Portland State University, where in 20015 she earned a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership and Policy with Specialization in Leadership for Sustainability Education. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Adventure Education with an Environmental Studies Focus.

Schmidgall began her new duties April 10th and has begun recruitment of adult crew leaders and youth workers. These positions are full time from June 19th-August 11th.

Heidi Schmidgall can be contacted by phone at: (360) 772-6370 or e-mail at:

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