Partnership offers forest trip to underserved groups

first_imgGIFFORD PINCHOT NATIONAL FOREST — Nine-year-old Chikauak Briseño plowed ahead through the forest Saturday morning in search of his prize, a Christmas tree that would meet his exacting standards, as his group bushwhacked behind.Of course, his sister Citalli Briseño said, her little brother would take them to the farthest corner of the Douglas fir stand they were exploring before making a choice.“I like it because it’s a bit chubby,” he said before crawling under the boughs to help cut it down. That way, he said, it’ll hold more decorations.The Briseños joined roughly 20 others Saturday for a trip to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest to get Christmas trees the old-fashioned way.The Forest Service hosted members of the Portland-Vancouver Chapter of iUrban Teen — a youth group aimed at providing science, technical and mathematics education-related opportunities to underrepresented teens — and residents of a Pacific Northwest domestic-violence shelter — for the trip, and provided the $5 tree permits for free.last_img read more

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