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ALMO • A visiting work crew this month reopened a trail at City of Rocks National Reserve that hadn’t been maintained for perhaps a decade.

The reopened trail segment completes a 1.2-mile loop from the 7,874-foot-high Indian Grove Overlook at the north end of the park, down to the grouping of pine trees at 7,665-foot-high Indian Grove and back up to the overlook, passing a meadow that’s awash with wildflowers in late spring and early summer.

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Through the support of American Express, SCA brought together almost 400 volunteers this weekend to mark the 9/11 National Day of Service & Remembrance with #FindYourPark Day of Service Events in New York City and Washington, DC.

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“If it was based solely on statistics, I shouldn’t be standing here. I shouldn’t be here talking to you about our National Parks because I am not your typical national park visitor. The typical visitor is over the age of 50 and white. As you can see…that’s not me.I am 22, African-American, the daughter of two Nigerian-born and raised parents - Making me 1st generation American. No, I am not the typical National Park visitor.”

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SCA Intern Montana Napier overlooks Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska through the haze of a wildfire

“The preparedness level of Alaska was 5 out of 5, meaning that “resistance to control is high to extreme and resistance to extinguishment is high.” At the junction between McCarthy and Kennecott, a Smokey the Bear sign sits outside the area’s volunteer fire department headquarters, informing the public of general fire risk. I have watched the sign bounce back and forth between “High” and “Extreme” all season.”

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School Children visiting Valley Forge National Park. Photo credit: Valley Forge National Park

“What battle was fought here?” It’s a question that a lot of the rangers get here at Valley Forge National Historical Park. I’ve never been asked, since as a Centennial Volunteer Ambassador I play a more behind-the-scenes role working with the volunteer coordinator and our Volunteers-In-Parks (VIPs).  But I was given the opportunity to attend training sessions for the new seasonal rangers, where I learned all about the historical buildings, monuments, and natural resources of Valley Forge.

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