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
ABOVE: Kahmia (right) yanks invasives at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in New York City.
NPS ACADEMY 2015 – NEW YORK HARBOR By: Kahmia Moise
In order to be successful one must ﬁrst, love what they do; second, love who they do it with; and third, love what they do it for,” said former National Park Service (NPS) Deputy Director, Mickey Fearn. Looking back and reﬂecting on this past week, I ﬁnd that there is no other way to explain the success of SCA and their NPS Academy – New York Harbor 2015. From the staff, guests, and...Read more