It was a very welcome entrance into the rainforest from the desert to say the least! It couldn’t have differed from our season in the Mojave any more than it did. Some examples of the polarity: 100 degree days with 0 humidity to 60 degrees with a constant lingering fog; from lizards to slugs; seeing only dry lake beds to an ocean view; dry stale to soggy stale. It wasn’t completely different however; we were still doing restoration work connecting a meadow to its natural length pre human tampering. That being said, instead of restoring by picking up dead sticks and placing...Read more
The days between May 26th and May 30th, 2014 beheld one of the greatest restoration-sport spectacles that the Mojave Desert has seen in recent years. The 2014 End Season AllCorps Olympic Games began the evening of the 26th with the ceremonial lighting of the headlamp-torch and playing of the Olympic anthem on pennywhistle and a post-ceremony musical accompaniment by the various musical representatives of the Desert Restoration Corps. Prior to this celebration, the Jawbone-Rands crew displayed great feats of restorathletic prowess in preparation for the...Read more
Three shovels for the Jawbone ladies under the sky
Seven for the Randy boys of the mountain halls
Nine helmets for the Mortal Men doomed to dig,
One management area for the Desert Tortoise on his dusty throne
In the Land of Rands where the lithiﬁed soils lie.
One cause to rule them all, One purpose to ﬁnd them, One desert tortoise to bring them all and in the dust bind them
In the Land of Jawbone where the Open areas lie.
This hitch was especially heartfelt as it was...Read more
My parents were born and raised in Laos. They were farmers, built homes from mud and plants, and did their best to live off the land. Although they immigrated to the United States in 1985, their love of farming has persisted to this day. I was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and each summer of my childhood was spent alongside my mother in garden plots my family rented, shaping beds for seeds and seedlings, watering and weeding by hand, building structures for green beans and peas. Our hard work was rewarded with a harvest of succulent fruit and vegetables each season. When I wasn’...Read more
To many people, the thought of spending the summer outside working under the sun isn’t a pleasing prospect. The sweat, the sunburn, the awkward tan lines, the freckles, and all the other downsides of outdoor labor make people desire an air-conditioned oﬃce workspace over something outdoorsy. But guess what… I just happen to be working for the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) – a collaborative summer crew program with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) and the National Park Service (NPS) that entails all the challenges mentioned above, and I’m super excited for it!...Read more
The air is hot and humid, the days are long, when it’s not raining the sun is shining (imagine that), which can only mean one thing… that it’s ﬁnally summer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! And in my SCA Green Cities position working on the Black and Gold City Goes Green campaign, summatime means it’s blitz time.
What is a blitz, you ask? Well my friend, a blitz is a one-day event we organize where volunteers distribute free energy-saving toolkits door-to-door to residents in one of Pittsburgh’s many great neighborhoods. These “...Read more
This post originally appeared on Denali National Park’s Runnin’ With the Kennels blog. Above photo: 2014 SCA Summer Kennel Interns, Kelly Bell and Marinell Chandler
Founded in 1957 in response to an overwhelming need to take care of our nation’s national parks, the Student Conservation Association strives to build the next generation of conservation leaders by engaging young people to...Read more