Stories from the Field

‘Tis the season for noting Americans’ behaviors, habits and peccadilloes. The Census Bureau has just issued its 2007 Statistical Abstract. Divorces are down – likely due to fewer marriages than truer love, we now drink more bottled water than bottled beer, and more of us are injured by wheelchairs than lawnmowers (though it would appear that DWI is a diminishing factor in such accidents).

The first photo of Jack Dolstad is from Olympic National Park, 1969. Jack Dolstad was an SCA supervisor Executive Director 1970-1975. Share stories about Jack in the comments.   

by Brandon Frazier Tis’ the season of holiday preparation, bringing together culture, camaraderie and profit, all in the name of good cheer.According to National Geographic News’ Cameron Walker, however, the holidays also come at a steep price, with “an environmentalist’s worst nightmare” bringing nearly 1 million additional tons of wrapping paper, packaging, chopped-down trees and other g

NHCC Alumni Crew Leader Peter Andrew of Londonderry, NH at the Summer of Service Conference in DC. Peter was one of four youth invited to personally speak with President Clinton. Peter’s Alumni Crew had recently returned from Iowa, where they had worked on flood relief efforts.

by Emily Sloan, ‘05 Seventh in a series about life in a small French village The French doctor looks at the figures for my height and weight that the nurse has filled in. “Perfect,” he says, then adds, “especially for an American.”While most people French people I’ve met are sophisticated enough to distinguish America as a political entity and Americans as unique individuals, stereotypes persist.

Is this possible?The list of environmental concerns associated with downhill skiing is long. Ski areas are often built by clearing forests, frequently on public land. They are energy and water hogs. They involve the construction of massive chair lifts and the use of snowmaking machinery.

I roll into work this Monday and all I can think about is black coffee. Walking down to the break room, past the festive looking mini Christmas tree, four large mysterious boxes from Denver, the small smörgÃ¥sbord of mini cookies and the popcorn that I bet no one eats, I arrive at the break room. Then it hits me. I don’t even like coffee. Then it hits me again. Four. Large. Boxes. From Denver.

by Emily Sloan, ‘05Sixth in a series about life in a small French villageIt is unusually warm here, around sixty degrees and sunny in the early afternoon at the very end of November.  My mother said it’s warm in Massachusetts right now, too.  Apparently last year at this time, Gérardmer’s ski slopes were already up and running, and as of now there’s not a spot of snow on the mountainside.  Climat

By Emily Sloan Third in a series about daily life in a small French village As promised, a few observations on the French relationship to the environment (based on a short stay as an ignorant American in one very small and possibly non-representative town in northeastern France).

By Emily Sloan, ‘05 Fourth in a series about daily life in a small French village Greetings from the Vosges! As I mentioned, the first few weeks of any new experience always seem to be the hardest for me, as my doubts about the entire situation overwhelm reason, and I wonder if I was too rash in deciding to come, what on earth I am really accomplishing here, and so forth.

by Emily Sloan, ‘05 Fifth in a series about daily life in a small French village I awoke this morning to a mist-laden village laced with frost and the sound of my gas heater humming. It’s back to work today after a ten-day break in honor of All Saint’s Day, and frankly I’m not in the mood for the classroom. But can you blame me?

…and we hope its grasp. With this posting on Conservation Nation, we are officially launching a new and improved blog that we hope you will find interesting enough to bookmark and return to often.Changes include a broad environmental editorial framework to encompass everything from Deep Ecology to composting and lots in between.

by Emily Sloan, ‘05This is the second in a series about daily life in a small French village.After living in a place for nine months, it’s almost impossible to recollect your initial impressions of it—what disappointed, amused, excited, differed from your expectations. So let me record mine, now that I’ve been in France a whopping 48 hours. Arriving at Charles de Gaulle airport was chaotic.

Original Post by Elli Caldwell, Nov. 22, 2006 $138 billion in annual cost to the U.S. economy 30 million acres of federal land infested Two-thirds of all endangered species threatened by invasive species One of the most significant threats to global biodiversity Clearly, invasive species have become one of the world’s most pressing environmental concerns.

By Emily Sloan, ‘05This is the first in a series about daily life in a small French village. I’m flying to France this evening. Not for a two-week jaunt around the country, but for the entire school year. Not as a tourist, but as a bona-fide worker, complete with a visa stamped by the French embassy in Boston.

My name is Garrett and I am the newest member of the web team. I am here to introduce myself, and I also to Welcome you to the newest version of the SCA blog, Conservation Nation. Making the website hum is my main duty around here, but I will also be shooting photos and taking full advantage of the water cooler.