SWA and SCA teamed up to kick off the ﬁrst of six Message to the Field: Connect with the Community service events that will take place across the country. What an amazing start! Southwest Airlines employees, friends and family, along with SCA staff cleared 10 cubic yards of debris, mulched 93 trees, and planted 80 plants including peppermint ginger. The team worked together to beautify the front entrance to Bill Fredrick Park at Turkey Lake, Orlando, FL. The SWA team came ready to work and completed the needed beautiﬁcation...Read more
A different sort of hitch, indeed. This hitch we were out in the ﬁeld for only two days. The entire Jawbone/Rands crew did restoration in Jawbone. Thanks in large part to our larger than average crew of ten, we ﬁnished two of the toughest incursions we have yet to face in only two days! Half the ground there was lithiﬁed. With a total of 504.55 meters restored, 157 vertical mulch planted and 33 meters of berm, we accomplished a lot in a short amount of time. The remainder of hitch (seven days) we were house-based in order to complete our S212 Chainsaw training with the...Read more
Ever looked out your window and wondered which of our ﬂying feathered friends is perched on your feeder? Or maybe you even take note of the variety of beautiful birds that pass through your backyard or favorite hiking spot, but have no idea what kind of birds they are and don’t own a ﬁeld guide. (Let’s be honest — even if you did, who has time for ﬂipping through hundreds of pages in this ever-accelerating digital age?
Fear not, though, as new smartphone apps are here to help you identify birds and other wildlife. Now, the modern birder — or someone just...Read more
TOP PHOTO: NPS Director Jon Jarvis surveys the litter haul with DC Community Crew member Ashley C. during SCA’s MLK Day service project in Ft. Dupont Park
It’s not every day that you’ll ﬁnd Jonathan Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service, out tromping around the woods in southeast Washington, DC, gathering up all
SCA volunteers braved rain, sleet, and snow at January’s ConSERVE NYC event in Manhattan – and kept going strong! The project was an auspicious start to a weekend of SCA service events nationwide to mark the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service.
Despite the intermittent showers, 80 volunteers gathered at historic Morningside Park in Harlem – just a few blocks from where Dr. King was autographing books when...Read more
Please give a warm welcome to the new 2014 Manchester CLC Leaders aka the Flannel Four. The year is starting off with a BANG and they are excited to meet the returning Manchester CLC members, as well as recruting new members. The Flannel Four is a diverse group of eccentric people. They come from all across the country and have brought with them a wide variety of interests and talents. They personally guarantee an upcoming year that will be ﬁlled with fun, excitement, and new experiences. Their group mantra is to GET THINGS DONE.
Conservation doesn’t stop at the borders of the US — protecting the diversity of wildlife and habitat is an international responsibility.
After traveling by car and plane from all over the country, the Jawbone/Rands crew met at the Olive Ave house to get to know each other through cooking good food and playing games. We were all dog-tired but ecstatic to ﬁnally get to know who we would be spending the next 10 incredible months with. The next long day involved meeting the Wilderness crew for some rather dull but necessary SCA risk management presentations, learning about maintenance for our SCA trucks, and other job responsibilities.
It was fun to learn about SCA’s protocols from our Project Leaders, but...Read more
“I simply do not distinguish between work and play”
- Mary Oliver
We ﬁnally had our ﬁrst full length hitch in the ﬁeld. Yay! Although we were a woman down for most of it, we completed all of our set incursions, an additional incursion for next hitch, and touched up a few previously restored sites. All said and done, we restored 881 square meters of trail, planted 280 vertical mulch, and built 33 meters of berms.
Greetings from the Jawbone-Butterbredt ACEC!
The Jawbone crew, comprised of Tyler, Hailee, Riley, Dan and Natalie, have returned safe and sound from their 4th hitch in the Jawbone area doing restoration work on challenging and rewarding incursions. After a miraculously smooth transition from winter vacation to prepping food and packing the trailer for 10 days of ﬁeld work in the desert, we were all happy to be camping and working once again. This time around, our crew ﬁnished 3 massive incursions, began work on a fourth and touched up a heavily trodden...Read more