At birth, a brown bear cub is incredibly small, weighing just one pound and measuring about 9 inches long. That same bear may multiply its weight well over 1,000 times from newborn to adult. Humans would weigh over 6,000 pounds if we shared the same weight increase....Read more
By Kiki Serantes (above L), SCA Cultural Resources Intern at Zion National Park
If a national park or wilderness is gradually degrading and no one notices it, is it still degrading? Even if we are told that our wilderness areas are being destroyed—indirectly through our own actions—does it matter if it’s not something experienced in the everyday lives of the average citizen? Our parks and wilderness areas are degrading right under our noses. It may take us longer to notice this fact from the cities where most of us live, but it doesn’t make it any less of a fact...Read more
As a SCA Museum Intern at Yosemite National Park, Dana Foster (Left) is sharpening her Cultural Resource Management skills and making it easier for people to connect with the historical and cultural resources that illuminate the connections between cultural identities and the land....Read more
As we left the oven-like truck to trek toward one of Zion’s many ancient rock art panels, I wondered how much graﬃti we’d have to clean up this time. Would there be more pecked smiley faces or barely legible initials sprawled across the centuries-old indigenous patterns? Would it be too much, would we be too late? Surveying the panel, my heart sank: Sure enough — despite having just cleaned graﬃti from the very same spot last week — more vandals had left their mark.
Cleaning graﬃti is routine for Zion’s cultural resources crew, and although we scrub and...Read more
As a Cultural Resources Intern at Zion National Park, Kiara “Kiki” Serantes is gaining the experience she’ll need to translate her writing and political skills into a career spent keeping the world’s wilderness safe from environmental negligence for at least the Next 100 years....Read more