Project Leader: Stephanie Orlando Project Leader Dates: April 19th-August 27th Corps Members: Nathan Hoover, Angela Les, and Maxwell Markley Corps Member Dates: May 19th-August 20th
I'm Angie Les and I am a sophomore at the University of Connecticut studying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. I love being outside, whether it's hiking, backpacking, whitewater rafting, or playing soccer and rugby. This is the third time that I have worked with the SCA, after volunteering in Saguaro National Park in 2007 and Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in 2008. I am excited to meet more great new people, see more incredible new places, and learn more about conservation and my place in the environment.
Hello, my name is Maxwell Markley. I am a student at North Carolina State University studying Biology and Botany. I chose to participate in the SCA Native Plant Corps because I love the outdoors and thought it would be a great experience to improve on that knowledge and develop my professional and leadership skills. So far I am enjoying my time at the Superior national Forest and am looking forward to the rest of the summer.
Hello. My name is Stephanie Orlando and I am the Project Leader for the 2010 Botany Restoration Team in Grand Marais, MN. I am originally from Milwaukee, WI but have been living and traveling in different states for the past six years. I graduated from the University of Tampa with a BS in Biology in May 2008 and have basically been with the SCA ever since. It was during my senior year there that I stumbled upon a poster for the SCA in a seldom used hallway of the Science Wing. And from that moment on, my life was changed. I joined the SCA in 2008 and by fall I was a Crew Member for the Native Plant Corps in Yuma, AZ at Imperial NWR and then joined the New Hampshire Conservation Corps in 2009. I am excited to be returning to the SCA as a first time Project Leader and cannot wait start working in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness!
We will be working in the Superior National Forest this summer in an area known as the Boundary Waters.
Did you know that the Superior National Forest:
•is the eighth most visited Forest in the National Forest System?
•is the fourth largest Forest in the Nation when considering total area within the proclamation boundary and purchase units?
•has the highest and lowest elevation point in the State of Minnesota?
•contains more than 2,000 lakes which total 440,000 lakes acres (46% of R9, 20% of the NFS) and 3400 miles of stream (22% of R9)?
•contains one of the top ten hiking trails in the United States as rated by Backpacker Magazine?
•is named as one of 100 globally important bird areas by the American Bird Conservancy?
•had one of the largest “blow down” events ever recorded in North America?
•was the origination of the Forest Service Passport in Time (PIT) Program and has 3,886 heritage resource sites recorded, representing human occupation of the Forest for over 10,000 years?
•has a federally designated wilderness area (BWCAW) that:
•is the largest and only wilderness of substantial size east of the Rocky Mountains and north of the everglades?
•is the most heavily used wilderness in the US (less than 1% of the acreage of the NWPS, but receives 10% of the use) and ties with the Mall of America as Minnesota's #1 tourist attraction?
•is a Class I Airshed as defined by the Federal Clean Air Act?
•is listed as one of the 50 greatest places to visit in a lifetime (along with places such as Antarctica, Amazon, Grand Canyon, Great Wall of China, Taj Mahal) by the National Geographic Society and is included in “1,000 Places to See Before you Die” – a gift book that provides an around-the-world listing of “must see” places off the beaten track?
Please visit the web site to learn more about Superior National Forest.