Preface: The League of Extraordinary Conservationists
Our journey began in Columbia, South Carolina from which we were beckoned to a gathering of like minded budding conservationists in Oracle, Arizona. While in Arizona we were introduced to SCA’s history and policies, AmeriCorps benefits, plant identification, GIS/GPS, risk management, and certified in CPR, WFA (Wilderness First Aid), The Game of Logging and S212 chainsaw trainings. Our numbers were dwindling by the end of training as some crews left to begin field work, our brains were saturated with new skills and techniques, and we were left with an appetite for conservation.
During chainsaw training we learned how to fell trees (on gnarly mesquites) as well as how to buck, limb, and maintain our equipment. Our own Megan Tacey tied for first place in the great chainsaw competition as well. Thanks to WFA, and our trainers from Aerie, we are now able to perform first aid including the daunting sucking chest wound, as well as care for each other in the field.