Project Leader: Kara W. Conner Corp Member Dates: May 19 - September 17 2010 Project Leader Dates: April 12 - October 1, 2010 kconner@theSCA.org 
Dam #5 
Dam #5 is located just a short distance from the historical Weber house where we reside. The Dam includes the dam structure, a lockhouse, and many masonry walls. Ailanthus trees (Tree of Heaven) and English Ivy seemed to have taken over the area, but we will fix that!
We will be working on this project on and off for the next few weeks.
Lock 11 and 10 
Lock 12 
Our first solo field hitch at Lock 12 located just a few miles from the heart of Washington, DC off the Clara Barton Parkway. Lock 12 was convered in destructive and invasive vegetation causing damage to the masonry and metal workings. Vegetation included English Ivy, Tree of Heaven and various mosses. Vegetation was removed using loppers, pruning shears and chainsaws. All vegetation was treated with Garlon 3A.
Group Photo 
Alla Shapiro 
I am Alla and I'm from Chicago, IL. I came to SCA after traveling on and off around the country for two years and visiting and hiking in over 75 National Parks. I had previously graduated from college with an interior design degree which just wasn't right for me and I was trying to find some direction. Last summer I worked at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area in Eastern Washington as an SCA planting bitterbrush at a restoration site. Overall it was a well-rounded experience and just made me more confident that the environmental field and specifically restoration is the right place for me. I'm a vegetarian, recycle, buy natural and organic foods and environmentally friendly products as much as possible. I have a commitment to helping the environment and I owe SCA a thank you for giving me an opportunity after coming from a very different field. This summer I am excited to get working at C&O East and further my experience in the removal part of restoration!
The C&O Canal NHP runs 184.5 miles alongside the Potomac River. Beginning in Georgetown the canal winds its way North West to Cumberland, Maryland. In 2009, over 3.8 million people accessed the park. That's more visitors than Yellowstone NP!
Alongside the canal runs the towpath that is used by many each day for walking, cycling, and enjoying nature. It is a serene setting with cooling canopies or lush trees, vibrant blooms of flowers, and animals scurrying across the path.
The C&O Canl NHP has a rich history. "In the 19th century the C&O Canal provided jobs and opportunities for people throughout the Potomac River Valley. Today the canal's remains provide a place to recreate and enjoy nature, but most importantly they tell the story of the canal's important role in many aspects of American history.
There are over 1,300 historical structures along the C&O Canal. Lockhouses, aqueducts, dams and pumphouses are just a few of the engineering marvels of the 19th Century found on the canal. Most of the original structures still exist today. They are a silent testimony to those who used to work and live here on the C&O Canal.
The canal was literally a man-made river. To make the canal work a complex system of hydrology was constructed. To supply water for the canal seven feeder dams were built on the Potomac River from Cumberland to Little Falls. To control the water, seventy-four lift locks were placed in the canal.
The C&O Canal National Historical Park is in a constantly shifting, dynamic state. Weather and climate change, geologic processes, flooding and human-caused factors such as air and water pollution are only a few of the agents of change that have helped to carve the Potomac River Valley. The park provides a "living laboratory" that helps us better understand how these environmental factors have shaped park landscapes and ecosystems.
C&O Canal NHP includes nearly 20,000 acres of natural habitats where close to 4 million people each year enjoy hiking, biking, fishing and various other recreational activities. As areas of natural habitat outside the park are altered by modern land use practices, C&O Canal NHP becomes a refuge for the preservation of biodiversity."
All of the above information can be found at www.nps.gov/choh