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 that an enterprising human might chop it up, organize it, and put it to good use.
Things have changed a lot in the last 400 years, and especially in the last half-century. On September 3, 2014 SCA members will gather with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and representatives...Read more
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....Read more
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 be no going back to work on Monday, there would be no packing up lunch, there would be no waking up in the wee hours of the morning and taking the train to Manhattan. Our morning meetups at Castle Clinton would be history. The SCA YCC crew program for the...Read more
And back to the fence we go! This hitch we strove toward near completion of the “Buck Meadows” fenceline that we had been focusing on for the past couple of hitches. We continued to clear all trees and brush from more sections of the fence using chainsaws and hand tools, and then replaced and repaired that fence line, as we saw ﬁt. We spent more time working together as a whole crew, as opposed to breaking up into two teams. That was a nice change for everyone, as we were able to enjoy each other’s...Read more
We have a running joke with other Humbolt Redwoods State Park RTR folks. Most mornings we meet at the shop before gearing up for our 1 ½ mile hike to work. One of them will ask us, “isn’t it closer to hike in from Burlington?” and one of us will tell them that actually it’s a closer hike from the Garden Club of America Grove.
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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, we need to document every single turtle event on the beach, from nesting to standing. It’s not as easy as opening up a tablet and inputting all the information on a spreadsheet, right there on the beach. First off it...Read more