Fire Recovery Project ( Must be an SCA Alumnae)

Expected Dates
December 14, 2020 to April 11, 2021
Position ID
The SCA Natural Reserve Fire Recovery Team members will help staff at three University of California Reserves (McLaughlin, Quail Ridge, and Stebbins Cold Canyon) with post-fire land management recovery and infrastructure repair. These Reserves are located in the Inner North Coast Range of California ranging 1 to 2.5 hours drive north of San Francisco and are managed by the University of California for research, teaching, and public outreach.  The three Reserves experienced significant burning of wildlands during the recent LNU lightening complex, resulting in damage to access routes and wildland infrastructure such as boundary markers and fences.  The team members will remove burned woody vegetation that has or will fall across roads, trails, and fences; remove rebar and other metal debris including fence posts, barbed wire, metal markers that pose safety risks in the wildlands; work on erosion-prevention by laying matting, contouring drainages, or laying rock in areas where pending winter rains may damage roads and trails; repair or erect fences; replace property boundary signage; engage in small construction projects, such as building tent platforms and animal enclosures.

Members will be based at the McLaughlin Reserve and travel between Reserves for one to five day postings.  Housing will be provided at the McLaughlin Reserve and Quail Ridge Reserve. This position is eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award of $2,360  The position includes a $280/week living allowance.
  • The Donald and Sylvia McLaughlin Reserve is part of the University of California Natural Reserve System, whose mission is to protect diverse California ecosystems for research, teaching, and public outreach. The McLaughlin Reserve is known for it unique serpentine soils and botanically diverse plant communities. The Reserve is in the Inner North Coast Range of California about 2.5 hours drive north of San Francisco. Terrain is rugged with elevations ranging from 1000 to 3000 feet. Vegetation consists of chaparral, oak woodlands, and grassland. The climate is Mediterranean, with cold wet winters and hot dry summers. The reserve is twenty-five minutes outside the rural town of Lower Lake.
  • Exploring the near by Snow Mount-Lake Berryessa National Monument including hiking, bicycling, mountain biking, canoeing, and kayaking. Interns will learn about the ecology of the region and will interact with visiting researchers.
  • Chainsaw
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected

None listed.