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3ulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 3C Teens do better when given ways to play outside Given better access, strong encouragement and safe, enjoyable programs, teens are more likely to en- gage with nature and be- come empowered to value and protect it. A recent poll of teenagers across the country reveals that American youth are spending less time outdoors. However, when they are giv- en the chance to engage with nature, they are far more likely to prefer outdoor ex. periences and appreciate the importance of environmen. tal conservation. The youth survey was con- ducted earlier this summer and sponsored by The Na- ture Conservancy, the Toy- ota USA Foundation and the Foundation for Youth In- vestment (a Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stew- ardship Council initiative). The findings provide impor- tant insights on why youth are spending less time out- doors and what can be done to reduce barriers to mean- ingful experiences in nature. To better understand youth attitudes about nature and conservation, the bipar- tisan polling team queried more than 600 American teens (13 to 18 years of age) from urban and other di- verse communities nation- wide, ensuring age, gender, geographic and race repre- sentation. The goal was to explore how youth currently experience, understand and value nature in order to identify strategies to more effectively engage them in conservation. The Foundation for Youth Investment (FYI) sponsored the Bay Area focus group that was part of initial sur- vey efforts. "We were very excited to participate in on- the-ground engagement of local youth as part of this critical national study," says Steve Hagler, executive di- rector of the foundation for FYI. "FYI's involvement is an extension of our ongoing efforts to strengthen and un- derstand connections be- tween urban California youth and th natural world around them." Poll results confirmed FYI's understanding (sup- ported by prior research and grantmaking efforts) that youth simply are not spend- ing a great deal of time out- doors. The survey revealed the following of the youth polled: --Eighty-eight percent spend time online every day. --Sixty-nine percent play video games or watch TV every day. --Only 11 percent reported regularly spending time out- side every day. While these findings are cause for concern, the report provides hope that more youth can and will get out- doors ff given the opportuni- ties and motivation to do so. The teens surveyed say the key obstacles are a lack of access to the outdoors, a lack of interest in nature and feelings of discomfort (from insects, heat, etc.). In- creasing obesity among youth is also a barrier. When kids do desire to spend time outdoors, they want to do so with their friends and have fun. Among youth who regularly spend time in nature, nearly four in five (79 percent) re- port having done so with their friends. "And with more than nine in 10 kids saying they would respond to a friend's encouragement to spend more time in na- ture," says Hagler, "this is one case where peer pres- sure can be a positive." As an example, FYI fund- ing recommendations have helped traditionally under- served urban San Francisco youth take part in the Crissy Field Center's I-YEL Pro- gram, located at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The center's programs balance fun, leadership de- velopment, recreation and environmental career explo- ration. The survey shows that 66 percent of youth who say they "have had a person- al experience in nature" like this are more than twice as likely as oth6r kids to prefer spending time outdoors. Finally, more time spent by youth in nature directly correlates with a commit- ment to protect it. As the pollsters' report summa- rizes, "What youth lack are opportunities to engage more meaningfully with na- ture. The more youth are given the chance to get in- volved with nature, the more their instinctive con- cern about the environment can be solidified and ce- mented into a long-term commitment to protecting it." Hagler concurs. "The poll proves that young people want to and will get out out- doors -- we just need to find more relevant ways to open the doors to our parks and forests. That is why FYI in- vests in so many great pro- grams that connect youth to outdoor activities and cre- ates strategic initiatives to help young people get out- side." To learn more about the poll and its results, visit na- ture.org/youthpoll. FYI, a nonprofit organiza- tion, was established by the Pacific Forest and Water- shed Lands Stewardship Council to provide greater resources to connect chil- dren, youth and young adults to nature, parks, open spaces and the outdoors. Visit the Foundation for Youth Investment on the Web at FYIfoundation.org. The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation or- ganization working around the world to protect ecologi- cally important lands and waters for nature and peo- ple. To date, the conservan- cy and its more than 1 mil- lion members have helped protect 130 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at nature.org. Sophomore Molly Moran makes a decision at the three-point line. Moran sank five three- pointers and led the Golden Eagles with 20 points Dec. 21. Photo by Shannon Morrow Year in r '1 iew FRC tray, Shannon Morrow Sports Editor sports@plumasnews.com The Feather River College women's basketball team traveled to Stockton for the Delta Tournament Dec. 19 - 21, where the Golden Eagles went 1-2. In game one, Feather Riv- er took on Delta College, which is the eighth-ranked team in the north. FRC trailed by three points with three minutes left to play, but then Delta hit five three- pointers in a row from two different guards for a 78-61 win. Ne'Jae Jackson and Kelly Hernandez each scored 12 points (or FRC and earned seven and nine rebounds, re- spectively. Freshman Jessica Voyles earned 11 points, seven re- bounds and two steals, while freshman Rachelle Dennis totaled 10 points. In their second game, the Golden Eagles beat Merced 58-49. Hernandez registered 19 points and eight re- bounds, while Molly Moran hit four three-pointers to fin- ish with 14 points. In the consolation champi- onship, FRC lost to Modesto 72.55. Moran drained five three-pointers for a team- high 20 points. The Golden Eagles open conference at home against Butte Jan. 7, beginning at 5:30 p.m. In last week's sports section, the year in review highlighted the accomplishments of many different teams throughout the county. Although not included in the compilation, Quincy's junior varsity football team also had a noteworthy season with an undefeated record. Photo by Shannon Morrow REO Corner Listings Forecloser/Bank owned properties Chandler Real Estate This 3 bedroom, 2 bath house In nice neighborhood. MLS 201101081. $123,000. Kehr/O Brien Real Estate Nice home In Quincy just blocks from downtown. $170,000. See Coldwell Banker Pioneer Realty % ..... : :.! 3 br, 2ba, 2412 sq. ft living space in 2 stories, on 9.59 acresl Gold Run. $162,000. See Susan River Realty Entertainment Home in Great Location. 4BR, 2BA, sunken living room on cul-de-sac. $219,800. See Town & Country, Quincy