ABOVE: A bush plane dropped off SCA member Amy J. Marks and park rangers Evan Olsen, Ed Eberhardy, Jim Hanna at the starting point for their backcountry river patrol of Wrangell St. Elias National Park, right below the toe of the Tana Glacier where the Tana River begins.
Just in time for National Park Week, an inside look at one of the ways we’re working with the National Park Service to build a public lands workforce that’s as diverse as the Americans it serves.
Each spring, SCA and NPS bring together diverse young conservationists from all over the country for weeklong NPS Academy orientation sessions at Grand Teton, Great Smoky, Kenai Fjords, and the National Parks of New York Harbor. Thusly inspired and prepared, participants then spend their summers serving as SCA interns on NPS lands across the USA.
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An invasion is occurring right now, all over the country. Lining roads, populating waterways and lurking in your own backyard, non-native plants and animals have hitched a ride with humans and spread across continents. Whether they were transported intentionally or as cargo ship stowaways, in ecosystems where these new species ﬂourish to the detriment of native plants and animals, they are invading. Although it’s disheartening that humans often facilitate the invasion by smuggling in exotic plants and pets, it means that we have a chance to practice preventative measures to stop...Read more