I was born in Nebraska and lived there until moving to Oklahoma when I was 13. I graduated from high school in May 2012 and in June I went off to Maryland to join the Navy at the United States Naval Academy. Growing up we were always outdoors, spending time at the lake, camping, ﬁshing, hiking, bike riding, and so many more activities, it was just a way of life for us. While I was in attendance at the Naval Academy we took part in projects repairing the areas in which Hurricane Sandy had destroyed in locations around Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, and New York. I spent a year at...Read more
Hey there, I’m Jake! I grew up in a small town in southeast Wisconsin surrounded by forests and farmland and was lucky enough to live ﬁve minutes from my grandparent’s farm. There I spent endless hours hunting, ﬁshing, and walking in the rivers and through the woods. Being physically active is very important to me so you’ll often ﬁnd me either running, biking, or hiking. I also have competed in collegiate athletics in the pole vault (probably the best sport ever)! I recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a major in Biology and an emphasis in...Read more
After hours of driving through the beautiful Oregon woods, my family and I reached our “mystery tour’s” destination. I was seven years old and anxious to ﬁnally see where we were going. Mystery tour destination: Crater Lake! My love for the outdoors and geology were cemented in those ﬁrst moments of seeing Crater Lake for the ﬁrst time.
I was born and raised in the Bay Area, California. Growing up, my family and I took many road trips around the country. If we weren’t on the road, we were at home with our parade of pets....Read more
Hi. My name is Ben Kort. I am from Madison, Wisconsin. I just graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point with a degree in Geography. I love to make maps hence the degree in geography but I also love the outdoors and have camped all around Wisconsin. I also really enjoy sports especially football and soccer. I look forward to this opportunity to travel and explore the desert in California. I also look forward to learning new techniques on how to preserve the desert. ...Read more
Like my father I have lived on Long Island for almost all of my life. For college I moved to Ithaca, New York to Attend Cornell University and while there I majored in Biology & Society. I also worked in an Ornithology lab helping a grad student with her work on Red Backed Fairy Wrens, raced with the cross-country skiing team, and worked as a sound and lighting technician. I learned about the SCA in my senior year from a teammate on the ski team and since then have been hoping to volunteer. I was selected to participate in the Desert Restoration Corp and will begin working on...Read more
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