Xanterra Parks & Resorts, official National Park Service concessionaire for Crater Lake National Park, is committed to long-term business practices that aid the environment.
In celebration of Earth Week (Monday, April 21 through Sunday, April 27), Crater Lake National Park Lodges will be donating $2 for every reusable water bottle sold to the Klamath Basin Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and Climate Change Science Internship program.
The Quartz Valley Indian Reservation (QVIR) will partner with higher education institutions, tribes, and federal agencies in the Klamath Basin on a tribal youth intern program for the summer of 2014. This program will build on current efforts to integrate western science and traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) for climate change planning and adaptation in the Klamath Basin. These donations will help support six tribal interns and program participation by tribal elders and cultural resource professionals.
This internship program will be 10-weeks in duration during the 2014 summer. Primarily college level interns will be selected from each of the six federally recognized tribes in the Klamath Basin. They will be placed with professional mentors from tribes and federal agencies to gain experience in local and regional environmental monitoring, analysis, management and policy. They will also work with cultural resource professionals and elders of their own tribes to understand how TEK may be integrated with western science to inform natural resource policy and management in the Klamath Basin. The 2014 program will build on the successes of 2013, as students will be working with National Aeronautics and Space (NASA) as a key partner. Through this data collection students will answer questions regarding aquatic habitat restoration, temperature refugia, and climate change effects to particular species. The 2014 intern program will build on this success by training students in both, the standard western science as well as traditional ecological knowledge and their application to climate change planning in the Klamath Basin.