The Northern California Consortium is an environmental education, outreach , and recruitment program
for students sponsored by the Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region.
The Northern California Consortium program serves as a bridge between the USDA Forest Service and under served communities in the Northern California area.
The mission of the Northern California Consortium is to diversify the Forest Service's workforce by encouraging careers in natural resources, higher education, and employment through mentoring, leadership, and community outreach efforts.
Students observing wildlife at US Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge during Outdoor Adventures program.
In an effort to ensure that the Pacific Southwest Region
continues to fulfill its mission of achieving quality land
management while being inclusive of all communities in
meeting the needs of our diverse public, the Region expanded
the current Central California Consortium in 2006 forming
the California Consortium program. The new offices
are strategically located in Northern and Southern California
to complement existing services in Central California.
The Northern California Consortium is attached to the Mendocino
National Forest in Willows and serves the communities adjacent
to the Klamath, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta-Trinity,
Six Rivers and Tahoe National Forests. The Northern
California Consortium geographic focus at this time is Yuba
City, Marysville and Chico area; with further expansion to
Willows, Williams, Gridley, Colusa, and Oroville.
California Consortium Mission Areas:
- Establish trust and strengthen relationships with Hispanic
and other diverse communities;
- Increase awareness of opportunities provided by public
lands through environmental education;
- Provide programs to develop employment opportunities
in natural resource management for members of Hispanic
and other diverse communities; and
- Contribute to the Regional Outreach and Recruitment
Plan goals by providing job placement opportunities for
program participants from the Hispanic and other diverse
communities with the Forest Service and other land management
agencies and organizations.