It’s a Wednesday morning, and we five members of the Smokey Bear Ranger District wildlife crew (well, two members, two interns, and me, a Student Conservation Association recreation intern tagging along for the adventure) are in our oﬃce for the week: the Sacramento Mountain Wilderness. In 2004, the Peppin Fire burned most of the range, and since then the wilderness has reclaimed the trail system with a vengeance. A crew came through a week ago and cleared the first five miles of our seven-mile trek, but we’ve been hopping over more than 10 years of accumulated dead and...Read more
by Dana Wu, SCA Marine Debris Project Coordinator
This summer, a NOAA Marine Debris Program’s Community-Based Removal grant enabled the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to assemble four debris removal crews at Olympic National Park. This Park works with partner agencies such as the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (OCNMS) to protect its unique habitats, such as its coast, which is not exempt from the effects of marine debris, despite its remote character and location.
ABOVE: Jay Fennell checks out the view on an off-day hike during his summer living and working in the Mojave with SCA’s Desert Restoration Corps.
by Desert Restoration Corps Member Jay Fennell
I spent the summer of 2015 living and working in the heart of the Mojave, tackling critical conservation projects with the Student Conservation Association’s Desert Restoration Corps (DRC). I’d never really been to a desert before, let alone lived in one. In doing so I developed an intimate understanding of this harsh, vibrant ecosystem that can only come...Read more
by Allison Joyce, SCA NPS Centennial Volunteer Ambassador
ABOVE: Ranger Betty Reid Soskin at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park Visitor Education Center.
A few weeks ago I was lucky to be able to sit down with Betty Reid Soskin, a Park Ranger at Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park. At 94 years old, she is the oldest Ranger is the Service and happens to be an extremely powerful speaker who is talented at sharing her unique experience and...Read more
On a beautiful fall morning, Liz Putnam, her husband Bruce, colleague Gary King and I drive to Lake St. Catherine State Park in Poultney, VT to rendezvous with three SCA interns. Vermont is Liz’s home state, the relationship with Vermont state parks is brand new, and Liz loves to hang with SCAs under any circumstance.
As we approach the town of Dorset (population: 2,031), we stop at a tiny country store to reload on caffeine. A young guy spots the logo on my vest. “Do you work for SCA?” he asks. “As a matter of fact, I do,” I reply, “but you might prefer speaking with the...Read more