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

Most of my time at my SCA internship was spent working with and improving the projects I discussed with you guys in my last blog: food waste management, electrical use reduction. I spent some of my extra time looking for what low hanging fruit I could address regarding other aspects of sustainability on site. The longer I was at the site, the more comfortable with and more confident in my role as a sustainability intern I became.

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Learning to Cross-Cut (SCA’s Maggie and David

I am writing this blog from a couch in my U.S. Forest Service bunkhouse here in Summit County, CO. It feels good to rest on this soft surface with my feet up, as my bones are aching from all of the hiking that we do here. Even so, I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything.

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Aerial photo of the USS Arizona via Wikipedia

In 2008, President George W Bush established WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument which includes sites in Hawaii, California, and Alaska. This set of historic sites reveals a wider more complete story of the War in the Pacific, from the attack on Pearl Harbor, to the segregation of Japanese Americans.

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