SCA California-Southwest

SCA California-Southwest

Arizona | California |Colorado | Hawaii | Nevada | New Mexico | Utah

The Bureau of Land Management credits SCA teams in Southern California with “rewriting the book” on desert restoration.  The Los Angeles Times reports that thanks to our Station Fire recovery project, Angeles National Forest “is starting to look like its old self again.”  And along the Pacific Crest Trail, our expert crews are among the few who still perform strenuous heavy rock work – by hand. 

The ecological needs of California and the Southwest are distinctive – and so are SCA solutions.  We make vital improvements every day to iconic area parks like Yosemite, Arches and Canyon de Chelly.  We prepare young military veterans for careers in wildland firefighting in Arizona’s national forests, and SCA’s Bay Area Community Conservation Programs provide jobs, training and opportunities for hundreds of local, under-served youth. 

This is how SCA builds “the next generation of conservation leaders” in the California-Southwest region.

Youth served:

  • 874 (2013)

Key initiatives:

  • East Bay Regional Parks/San Mateo County Parks community conservation crews
  • Veterans Fire Corps
  • Desert Restoration Corps

Primary partners:

  • Yosemite National Park
  • Klamath National Forest
  • California Desert Conservation Area (BLM)
  • Eldorado National Forest
  • City of Oakland
  • Bureau of Land Management-Nevada
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Haleakala National Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

Leading supporters:

  • S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation - Bay Area Community Program, CA Program Continuum
  • Pacific Foundation Services - Bay Area Community Program
  • California Off Highway Motorized Vehicle Dept./CA State Parks - Desert Restoration Program
  • Yosemite Conservancy - Yosemite National Park programming
  • Bureau of Land Management - California WildCorps

Regional sponsors:

  • Mammoth Mountain Ski Area
  • Delaware North
  • Patagonia 
  • CamelBak

News, Stories & Projects

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.

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In celebration of National Trails Day, SCA brought together over 40 volunteers in the Bay Area this weekend for a ConSERVE Bay Area event at Stern Grove Recreation Area in San Francisco.

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SCA alum Lauren Ray, aka the Rapping Ranger, has written and performed hip hop odes to each park that she's worked at, starting with Arches National Park where she served as an SCA Intern.

SCA alum Lauren Ray reveals how her SCA internship with the National Park Service helped her discover her public-lands-loving hip hop alter ego, the Rapping Ranger.

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