Where to begin? How many 22 year-old lumberjacks can say that they have cut down a blowdown with a congressman, the Secretary of the Interior, President of the Wilderness Society and the Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service? My head is inﬂating just thinking about it. But after...
Every year, SCA provides training, tools and projects that place motivated teens and young adults in the field to effect changes great and small. How do we measure the effects? Sometimes its through decreased CO2 levels or by the tons of trash collected or in the number of trees planted. Our success is also measured by the lessons learned, the perspective gained and the lives we transform—today and into the future. Often when the SCA project is over, the success story is just beginning. Take a look at some of our most recent accomplishments.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and SCA Commemorate the Wilderness Act
Posted by Emily Bowles | Friday, September 5, 2014
Trails and Hiking
Following Successful Events in Tennessee and Quebec
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, August 28, 2014
On August 23rd, SCA teamed up with national supporter Domtar to refurbish a community skating rink and playground in Nekoosa, Wisconsin. Since 2012, Domtar has supported SCA’s urban initiatives for youth in cities across the country. SCA crew leaders from New York City, just finished with a season of fieldwork helping urban parks recover from Hurricane Sandy, were excited to travel to Wisconsin to help facilitate the project — and share stories of their work with urban youth.
Emily Bowles Reflects on Her Experience Preparing Great Swamp NWR to Host the Wilderness Act's 50th Anniversary Celebration
Posted by Emily Bowles | Thursday, August 28, 2014
In the most famous passage of the Wilderness Act, writer Howard Zahniser defines wilderness beautifully and concisely: “A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by...
SCA Member Jeffrey Sommer on Rescuing Hatchlings from Hungry Raccoons
Posted by Jeffrey Sommer | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Hungry predators are determined to get a good meal, even if it isn’t easy. Plenty of our screened nests see attempted predation by raccoons, coyotes, bobcats, and ghost crabs. Luckily the seashores boar population hasn’t gotten involved in this trend, as a boar could easily shred through...
SCA Member Marinell Chandler Reveals the Wilderness Act-Related Name of Denali's Latest Puppy
Posted by Marinell Chandler | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
As of today, our new puppy is over two weeks old. His eyes have opened, and he is growing very quickly from the little pup that could fit in my one hand to one that is starting to toddle around the ﬂoor of his pen. From day one after...
Preparing Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge to Celebrate 50 Years of Wilderness
Posted by Emily Bowles | Friday, August 22, 2014
When William Bradford hopped off of the Mayﬂower and onto Plymouth Rock, he described the landscape that lay before him as a “hideous and desolate wilderness.” Wilderness, in 1620, was not a scarce resource to be protected and treasured. It was scary and empty, a wasted space awaiting the day...
ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Clear Invasives at New York's "South Pole"
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
ConSERVE NYC events have taken our volunteers as far north as Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx, as far west as Hudson River Park in Manhattan, and as far east as Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing. On August 16th, our volunteers traveled to the southern-most point of New York to serve at Conference House Park on Staten Island.
SCA Intern Jacob Cravens Feels Out the Perfect Interpretive Talk for Capitol Reef National Park
Posted by Jacob Cravens | Tuesday, August 19, 2014
SCA Member Amosh Neupane Refuses to Be Sad Even Though the Best Summer Ever Is Ending
Posted by Amosh Neupane | Monday, August 18, 2014
While loading the hard hats into our van at Floyd Bennett Field, I heard someone ask, “Why are we taking these hats with us to the ceremony?” Someone behind me replied, “Maybe these are our graduation caps.” And it was then that it dawned on me: there would...
SCA Intern Jeffrey Sommer Keeps Tabs on the Hatchlings at Canaveral National Seashore
Posted by Jeffrey Sommer | Saturday, August 16, 2014
Turtle Conservation isn’t all starlit, beachside fun and games folks. In fact a good chunk of the work I do keeping sea turtles off the extinction list happens inside the library of Canaveral National Seashore headquarters. In order to prove that sea turtle conservation is working and worthwhile,...
SCA Intern Marinell Chandler Welcomes the Season's 1st Puppy at Denali's Sled Dog Kennels
Posted by Marinell Chandler | Thursday, August 14, 2014
The next generation of Denali’s wilderness protectors has arrived!
This past week, the kennels became a whir of activity preparing for – and finally, celebrating – the arrival of Sylvie’s due date. Late at night on August 9th Sylvie
Field Blogger Jacob Cravens finds hope in connecting visitors to nature at Capitol Reef National Park
Posted by Jacob Cravens | Tuesday, August 12, 2014
What good can I do? I’m only one person in my twenties. What can I do when the environmental crisis is so big and the obstacles so large? Multinationals make billions of dollars causing damage to the environment and billions of people use their products. I have...
A Day in the Life of an SCA Cape Canaveral Sea Turtle Intern by Caroline Woodward
Posted by Caroline Woodward | Friday, August 8, 2014
I would say a lot has happened in the past week, but really something different happens every day. No two service days are the same, and we are eating it up more than the mosquitoes are eating us up (which is a considerable amount; they...
SCA Field Blogger Jeffrey Sommer Checks in from Cape Canaveral National Seashore
Posted by Jeffrey Sommer | Friday, August 8, 2014
People have always told to me to pursue my passions, and that if you love your job it will feel like you’ve never worked a day in your life. I am an active person who loves the outdoors, and I am uber passionate about the natural world. When...
SCA Intern Marinell Chandler Finds her Calling (& Sled Dog Puppies!) in Denali
Posted by Marinell Chandler | Thursday, August 7, 2014
SCA Member Emily Brouwer Tags Along on an Owlet Tagging Expedition
Posted by Joseph Thurston | Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Before you can tag an owlet, you have to find one. How does one go about locating a tiny, nest-bound baby owl in the midst of an enormous forest?
SCA Photo Media Intern Emily Brouwer found out recently when she got to accompany a team of NPS...
Blogger Amosh Neupane asks & answers: Which is easier? Trail work or a human pyramid?
Posted by Amosh Neupane | Tuesday, August 5, 2014
We tried several times, but failed every single time. There always seemed to be something faulty in our technique or our positioning. During one of the first attempts, the people on the base layer were spaced too wide apart and we couldn’t stay stable. Another time, most of us...
SCA ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Help Keep the Queens Botanical Garden Organic
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Friday, August 1, 2014
SCA volunteers in New York City don’t take the summer off. This Saturday, 80 volunteers came together at the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing for July’s ConSERVE NYC event.
SCA Comes Together 100 Members Strong to Mark the Midpoint of NYC Summer Crews
Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, July 31, 2014
On July 29th, SCA’s community crews in New York City and New Jersey came together 100 members strong to celebrate the midpoint of their summer crews with a project at New York City’s most famous green space: Central Park.
SCA Field Blogger Amosh Neupane Records a Day of Crew Work at the Soundview Park Salt Marshes, NYC
Posted by Amosh Neupane | Monday, July 28, 2014
Instead of working at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, the crew was headed to a new location: Soundview Park in the Bronx. I was horrified when our crew leaders shared information about the carnivorous black ﬂies in the salt marsh where we would be working. The shocking news had me worrying for the rest of the day: “What if a ﬂy takes a chunk out of my face?”
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