Media is invited to observe a student, parent, and chaperone “meet and greet” before 16 local students ages 18 and older fly to Tennessee as part of an exchange program to learn about forest management techniques in a different part of the country.
Leading the effort is the Student Wildlands Adventure Program (SWAP), a student enrichment program that is supported by the Santa Fe National Forest and the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. The purpose of the program is to expand the student’s horizons by showing how other forests manage their resources, which can be different in many ways. Since the program covers all student expenses, it can particularly benefit those in underserved communities.
In exchange, students acquire potential life-changing experiences that can lead to potential life-long careers in land management.
SWAP’s goal is to develop the program to alternately “swap” students from year-to-year between eastern U.S. forests and northern New Mexico forests. Water is a primary focus in 2018, and the participants will see and experience first-hand how other forests manage their water resources.
Elena Gallegos Picnic Area – Albuquerque, NM