New scholarship soon to be announced for high schools near Highway 97 project area to engage youth in creating safer passage

The Okanogan Trails Mule Deer Foundation Chapter is finalizing plans for a soon to be announced scholarship contest for Tonasket, Omak, and Okanogan Highschools to engage young adults in understanding the need and communicating the benefits of creating safer passage for people and wildlife on Highway 97 in Okanogan County.

The chapter will host a photo and essay contest for high school juniors and seniors in these three area schools seeking new ideas and new strategies for communication.

The scholarship contest is funded through generous donations from local Mule Deer Foundation chapter individual donations, Toyota Together Green, and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Colville Confederated Tribes show support for safer passage on Highway 97

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Nation send a signed letter of support for the work of our coalition and improvements to provide safer passage on Highway 97 for people and wildlife.

The letter states, “The Tribe is an active manager of its natural resources, and values working with communities and organizations on landscape level projects that contribute to the recovery and protection of wildlife populations and other natural resources.  The Safe Passage on Highway 97 project is proposed on lands that not only fall on Tribal property, but also include lands that are within the Tribe’s usual and accustomed areas….The Tribe supports this project as it addresses the safety of motorists and protects the lives of deer and other wildlife species that utilize this area to meet their habitat needs.”