SCA Alumni Council Leah Duran (pictured below) writes about the REI-led stand-up paddle boarding class recently held at Richmond Marina in the Bay Area exclusively for SCA alums. A second course will be held this Friday, 7/25 in Redwood City. You probably also want to join us for a free bike maintenance class on August 12th...Read more
What’s the difference between an axe-mattock, a pick-mattock, and a pick-axe? Which rake is better, the hard or the soft one? How does one separate a poison ivy plant from other, non-harmful shrubs? What’s the best thing about mugwort? I could go on with the questions… This ﬁrst week has been all about questions for me....Read more
The work has begun! Each morning we pick up crew members in downtown Richmond, California, and drive to our ﬁrst location at Wildcat Canyon Regional Park. With easy access to 2500 acres, this area is a popular place for residents interested in day hikes and barbequing.
Our mornings are blanketed with overcast skies and the slightest hint of a breeze. The parking lot is empty, the ﬁeld is ours for the moment, and the perfect way to begin the workday is by playing a game of Tag! This gets our blood ﬂowing, forces us...Read more
So, after eight, lovely months of working and living in the desert, ﬁve of us (Darrin, Tori, Hailee, Rachel, and Kyle) have escaped and sought refuge in the beautiful Stanislaus National Forest. We needed shade. We needed water. We needed signs of life. And, this forest has provided all of those things and more.
After this ﬁrst hitch of eight, ten hour days, we quickly realized that the diﬃculty of terrain and work was much harder than the desert. We are clearing miles and miles of several fence lines of vegetaion at different sites throughout the forest....Read more
It didn’t take long for the wind to start at the beginning of hitch, and it refused to hiatus until after we left. Day after day, night after night, the endless turbulence made its presence known the entire duration of hitch. To those who are reading this that will start this job next season, this is your forewarning; bring a sturdy clothes bin, lest the wind attempts to scatter your importants everywhere.
This hitch found two crews separated by sex. The males went to Rands, and females to Jawbone. Both felt the full force of the wind and both...Read more
The Jawbone Crew Tours the Desert
The Mattress Pavi (Hailee) strikes back, leading the gals of the Jawbone/Rands crew (Tori, Grace, Natalie, Rachel) on a whirlwind of a hitch. With this being the last hitch before Allcorps, where all ﬁve DRC crews come together to work on a big project, there was much to be done on the front lines of the Mojave. Not only did us gals breeze through many incursions in both the Rands and Jawbone areas, preventing any sort of OHV invasion into these fragile landscapes, we also brought...Read more
After nearly a month of eager anticipation, the Humboldt Redwoods crew ﬁnally moved to Humboldt Redwoods State Park and began our trail work. Prior to the crew’s ﬁnal trip south, we all enjoyed the 4th of July weekend near Arcata and saw ﬁreworks, aerial gymnastics, mashed potatoes in a waﬄecone and many happy people while in town. The crew’s ﬁrst day in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park was easy-going and full of review and prep work for the many challenging days ahead. We met our project director, Yony Rivas, who has worked in the...Read more
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