SCA California-Southwest

SCA California-Southwest

Arizona | California |Colorado | Hawaii | Nevada | New Mexico | Utah

The Bureau of Land Management credits SCA teams in Southern California with “rewriting the book” on desert restoration.  The Los Angeles Times reports that thanks to our Station Fire recovery project, Angeles National Forest “is starting to look like its old self again.”  And along the Pacific Crest Trail, our expert crews are among the few who still perform strenuous heavy rock work – by hand. 

The ecological needs of California and the Southwest are distinctive – and so are SCA solutions.  We make vital improvements every day to iconic area parks like Yosemite, Arches and Canyon de Chelly.  We prepare young military veterans for careers in wildland firefighting in Arizona’s national forests, and SCA’s Bay Area Community Conservation Programs provide jobs, training and opportunities for hundreds of local, under-served youth. 

This is how SCA builds “the next generation of conservation leaders” in the California-Southwest region.

Youth served:

  • 874 (2013)

Key initiatives:

  • East Bay Regional Parks/San Mateo County Parks community conservation crews
  • Veterans Fire Corps
  • Desert Restoration Corps

Primary partners:

  • Yosemite National Park
  • Klamath National Forest
  • California Desert Conservation Area (BLM)
  • Eldorado National Forest
  • City of Oakland
  • Bureau of Land Management-Nevada
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Haleakala National Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

Leading supporters:

  • S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation - Bay Area Community Program, CA Program Continuum
  • Pacific Foundation Services - Bay Area Community Program
  • California Off Highway Motorized Vehicle Dept./CA State Parks - Desert Restoration Program
  • Yosemite Conservancy - Yosemite National Park programming
  • Bureau of Land Management - California WildCorps

Regional sponsors:

  • Mammoth Mountain Ski Area
  • Delaware North
  • Patagonia 
  • CamelBak

News, Stories & Projects

Most of my time at my SCA internship was spent working with and improving the projects I discussed with you guys in my last blog: food waste management, electrical use reduction. I spent some of my extra time looking for what low hanging fruit I could address regarding other aspects of sustainability on site. The longer I was at the site, the more comfortable with and more confident in my role as a sustainability intern I became.

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This past week I finished up my internship with the U.S. Forest Service in Dillon, Colorado. It was a busy time, wrapping up with an end of term backpacking trip and several patrols. It all went by extremely quickly and before I knew it I was packing up for Moab, Utah to head to my new internship with the National Park Service. The change was a drastic one in many ways, not just geographically but work-wise too.

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The National Park Service does a great job of providing on-site housing for their seasonal volunteers and employees. Here at Arches, my roommates and I share a beautiful house that is surrounded by giant red rock cliffs and includes a backyard that features an array of desert life including our own juniper tree and an adorable rabbit that we’ve affectionately dubbed Marcel.

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