Washington, DC, and Seattle, Washington: Georgia Partnerships and Workforce Development Study Tour

Washington, DC, and Seattle, Washington: Georgia Partnerships and Workforce Development Study Tour – October 16 – 23

The U.S. Forest Service organized a study visit to the U.S. for members of Georgian land management organizations, environmental NGOs, and colleges. Participants discussed potential new ideas and reinforced existing partnerships to involve youth and boost workforce development in Georgia’s forestry and protected areas management disciplines while learning about current partnership methods in the US during the research visit. Participants included representatives from the Ilia State University, the Agrarian University, the Caucasus Environmental Network NGO, the Transcaucasian Trail NGO of Georgia, the LEPL National Forest Service (NFA), and the LEPL Agency of Protected Area (APA).

The U.S. Forest Service exposed attendees to examples of youth-focused collaborations and job development programs, emphasizing relationships with the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in particular. On the last day of the research tour, the participants learned about and took part in a sizable volunteer tree-planting event, getting a close-up look at how well public, private, and nonprofit collaborations work. Participants profited from lively debates and from exchanging views with one another. All participants created action plans that will serve as the basis for fruitful long-term collaborations between government organizations, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions to enhance youth-focused workforce development in Georgia’s land and natural resource management sectors.