Alongside SCA President Jaime Matyas, AmeriCorps Director Bill Basl, and George Washington Memorial Parkway Superintendent Alex Romero, Secretary Jewell led 125 SCA and AmeriCorps volunteers in an hours long effort to restore a stretch of Potomac River shoreline located just outside of Washington, DC....Read more
Where to begin? How many 22 year-old lumberjacks can say that they have cut down a blowdown with a congressman, the Secretary of the Interior, President of the Wilderness Society and the Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service? My head is inﬂating just thinking about it. But after yesterday my crew and I can say just that.
So the day began with opening remarks from Madame Secretary Sally Jewell. She started her career as a petroleum geologist in Oklahoma, worked as a commercial banker, served as the COO of REI and then their CEO. Finally, she was appointed by...Read more
“Why should we care? Why not put a stick of dynamite in those American Indian rock carvings and make a larger highway to increase economic development? People are unemployed, families and nations are in debt, and wars are killing people. Why should we care about these carvings?”
As an SCA intern at Capital Reef National Park, I pose this to audiences in front of rock carvings of the Fremont Culture, an American Indian group. The audience needs to tackle the tough questions, because too often we give ﬂashy...Read more
In the most famous passage of the Wilderness Act, writer Howard Zahniser deﬁnes wilderness beautifully and concisely: “A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” As my crewmates and I work to prepare Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge to host the Wilderness Act’s 50th birthday party—which will include a visit from the public lands manager to all public lands managers,...Read more
Hungry predators are determined to get a good meal, even if it isn’t easy. Plenty of our screened nests see attempted predation by raccoons, coyotes, bobcats, and ghost crabs. Luckily the seashores boar population hasn’t gotten involved in this trend, as a boar could easily shred through the metal screens that we install to protect the nests. In some places around the country boar predation and combined with the destruction of natural habitat is so devastating to sea turtle numbers that major steps to limit wild boar in the area are taken...Read more
As of today, our new puppy is over two weeks old. His eyes have opened, and he is growing very quickly from the little pup that could ﬁt in my one hand to one that is starting to toddle around the ﬂoor of his pen. From day one after this pup’s birth we’ve been asked what his name is, and we ﬁnally an answer.
Each year, our puppies are named based off of a theme that is somehow related to Alaska, or even more speciﬁcally, Denali. The theme for last year...Read more
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