Stories from the Field

Last Friday night like millions of other Americans, I was on the road, in my case to the Hartford airport, to pick up much loved and not seen often enough family. They live in Nashville, but like many, many others - witness the army of cars driving north on I91 - they love Vermont and we get together here instead of there.

by Joshua Stearns, SCA Alumnus and Board Member Rebecca Solnit recently published an essay called “Maps for the Year Ahead” in Orion Magazine. The piece offers a number of striking observations about space, place, and land in the wake of tragedy.

The Lazy Environmentalist talks with Student Conservation Association members Jay Satz and Tamara Paul about the history of the SCA and its conservation programs throughout America. - podcast on Bettina Mok, the Western Regional Manager for the Student Conservation Association’s High School Programs, joins Scott Cluthe to discuss SCA’s upcoming Bay Area Earth Day Events.

Trained as a zoologist, Rachel Carson began her career as a contract government science writer at a time when… “wildlife agencies still handed out recipes for the animals they were studying.” (An Environmental Icon’s Unseen Fortitude, Washington Post 5.18.07) She is best known for her still controversial book Silent Spring and its crusade against the widespread use of DDT, but her legacy

Q: As SCA’s Northeast representative, what was an interesting experience you had on the road? A: Besides life on the road in and of itself, which included being caught in snow storms, getting lost (more than a couple of times), and some less than appealing hotel stays…

“Amtchat Edwards, outreach and education coordinator at the Student Conservation Association (SCA), is the focus of a month-long “WETA Hometown Heroes” profile airing in May on WETA TV 26. WETA selected Edwards for his commitment to inform youth about environmental conservation through educational programs in the District.

Now that it is finally spring up here in Northern New England, the pain of my commute has turned it into time to hang my head out the window and enjoy lush Connecticut River Valley Scenery. Friday I noticed that the clouds were really intense because of thunderstorms in the area and I wanted to stop and take a photo of the contrast between the green grass, yellow dandelions, and epic clouds.

I have been going through the 23,000+ photos we have here in Charlestown and noticed that a lot of the SCA interns are posed similarly and holding some person/place/thing up for the camera. Thanks to the help of a beautiful piece of software, I present this photo collection: people holding stuff and things If you would like to add video or photos to our archives, email us.

Four videos from The NPS-SCA event in Washington, DC from April 26, 2007. Click To Play  Click To Play Click To Play Click To Play

Q: As SCA’s Great Lakes representative, what was an interesting experience you had on the road? A: Iowa State University had snow and the school was shut down for the afternoon—no class presentations for me! I took advantage of the time and did some laundry. I recruited the kid at the laundry mat, who had a number of friends who did SCA and he told me about their fun experiences.

As of today I have been at SCA HQ for six months. Always one to make gross generalizations and sweeping over simplifications, so why not try to sum up SCA? The Student Conservation Association gets things done. From urban renewal projects to trail building, desert restoration, and large scale projects like the Mt. Rainier Recovery, SCA is out there swinging that pickaxe.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a nice guide of wildlife refuges that are located near airports for travelers to also take refuge on extended layovers. - link Corn-based ethanol not cheap, not green. - link And on a completely different note, Kurt Vonnegut’s take on the Military Occupation of Iraq from 2003. - link

Interview and Photos by Garrett Allen Interesting facts about Tamara: Met Chuck Norris at a World Karate TournamentLived with indigenous tribes in the Andes Mountains of PeruHas been chased by a bull, and a bison. Q: As SCA’s Southeast Representative, what was an interesting experience you had on the road?

by Jim*This began as a response to a comment posted under Sandra’s recent entry, Climate Change - what YOU can do. “There is no justification for raising animals for human food.” - Hayduke This week marks my first full year as a vegetarian.

Josh wasn’t the only one inspired to write about the first snow storm last February. The aught seven Valentine’s Day Blizzard, we are calling it. As the wind howled and snow drifted up in my driveway, I surfed the net to find a newslink to send to my scattered family. Look at what’s happening here, I wanted to say.

Forestry experts and scientists from Oregon State University have just published an article that shows forests are naturally regenerating in the wake of searing forest fires.