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

— After spending a year deployed with the Army in Iraq, Elder Pyatt had to adjust to civilian life when he finished his service in 2008.

Life in the military moves much faster, said Pyatt, who served to earn money for college.

“There is an adjustment period,” he said.

Read more

On the third weekend of October of this year, the Outdoor Nation San Francisco Summit brought together young outdoorsmen from all over the US to encourage them to lead their peers off of the couch and into the foliage. SCA’s Alumni Council gathered at the event to play a special role: Highlighting the fact that an active outdoor lifestyle is the perfect precursor to a career in conservation.

Read more

CHARLESTOWN, N.H.—The Student Conservation Association (SCA), in partnership with American Eagle Outfitters, hosts its second annual Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program in the Grand Canyon. Sixty college students representing 60 colleges from across the country are opting to spend their spring breaks performing environmental service projects in the mile-deep chasms and high desert forests of Arizona’s most iconic national park.

Read more

Pages