Instead of working at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, the crew was headed to a new location: Soundview Park in the Bronx. I was horriﬁed when our crew leaders shared information about the carnivorous black ﬂies in the salt marsh where we would be working. The shocking news had me worrying for the rest of the day: “What if a ﬂy takes a chunk out of my face?”...Read more
This hitch we all learned the hard way that barbwire is very unforgiving, whether you are crossing over it or just walking near it. It did not matter whether we were sawing or fencing, no one was safe from the barbs. Every day we seemed to ﬁnd a new rip or a tear growing larger and larger. By the end of our 9 day haul we had given up on trying to gently untangle our clothes, and just began to pull away with gusto. Each new rip was a badge of honor.
On our ﬁnal day we were beyond excited to don our other (non-barbwire exposed) work clothes to frolic around meadows...Read more
Greetings again from the Forest Moon of Endor, aka the Humboldt Redwoods State Park! The crew’s hitch this week entailed even more hard work, joyful reunions and wildlife fun. The day before hitch, as mentioned in last week’s blog, the crew was invited to Yony’s house for a grill-out and viewing of the FIFA World Cup ﬁnal match. After watching the last-minute victory by Germany and gorging themselves on salmon and steak, the crew returned to camp and rested for another four days of hard, rewarding work. Overnight though, some crew members were woken by a strange “beep beep beep”...Read more
Sea lions, and monkeyface eels, and kayaking oh my! Everyone loves Fridays, including SCA crews. A wonderful aspect of participating in a Community Crew is the fact that Fridays are designated as environmental education days. Crew leaders plan activities and trips that expose crew members to local initiatives, green businesses, and recreational experiences.
Our ﬁrst Friday commenced with a trip to the Gulf of the...Read more
SCA Alumni Council Leah Duran (pictured below) writes about the REI-led stand-up paddle boarding class recently held at Richmond Marina in the Bay Area exclusively for SCA alums. A second course will be held this Friday, 7/25 in Redwood City. You probably also want to join us for a free bike maintenance class on August 12th...Read more
What’s the difference between an axe-mattock, a pick-mattock, and a pick-axe? Which rake is better, the hard or the soft one? How does one separate a poison ivy plant from other, non-harmful shrubs? What’s the best thing about mugwort? I could go on with the questions… This ﬁrst week has been all about questions for me....Read more
The work has begun! Each morning we pick up crew members in downtown Richmond, California, and drive to our ﬁrst location at Wildcat Canyon Regional Park. With easy access to 2500 acres, this area is a popular place for residents interested in day hikes and barbequing.
Our mornings are blanketed with overcast skies and the slightest hint of a breeze. The parking lot is empty, the ﬁeld is ours for the moment, and the perfect way to begin the workday is by playing a game of Tag! This gets our blood ﬂowing, forces us...Read more
So, after eight, lovely months of working and living in the desert, ﬁve of us (Darrin, Tori, Hailee, Rachel, and Kyle) have escaped and sought refuge in the beautiful Stanislaus National Forest. We needed shade. We needed water. We needed signs of life. And, this forest has provided all of those things and more.
After this ﬁrst hitch of eight, ten hour days, we quickly realized that the diﬃculty of terrain and work was much harder than the desert. We are clearing miles and miles of several fence lines of vegetaion at different sites throughout the forest....Read more
It didn’t take long for the wind to start at the beginning of hitch, and it refused to hiatus until after we left. Day after day, night after night, the endless turbulence made its presence known the entire duration of hitch. To those who are reading this that will start this job next season, this is your forewarning; bring a sturdy clothes bin, lest the wind attempts to scatter your importants everywhere.
This hitch found two crews separated by sex. The males went to Rands, and females to Jawbone. Both felt the full force of the wind and both...Read more