Stories from the Field

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More photos from SCA’s archive. Click here for the slideshow.

More photos from SCA’s archive. Click here for the slideshow.

While it is truly great to think about how far SCA has come in the last 50 years, Kevin mentioned a good point in a presentation today. Remember the past, but look to the future. What will SCA’s next 50 years be like? One of the biggest (if not the biggest) topics of 2007 for us is global climate change.

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All right! Daniel Parr here, SCA Mass Parks ‘07 alum, current CLC DC Crew leader, and newly-appointed EarthVision Communications Specialist.

Filipe Medeiros created this for the SCA/Mazda Conservation in Action Contest but was not able to submit before the deadline. Even though it’s not included among the contest submissions that are currently being reviewed, we thought you’d like to see it.

SCA officially broke ground on Tuesday, November 13, 2007, for a much needed new building at the Charlestown Headquarters. Over the coming weeks and months, we will document the process with photos and information about the steps that we are taking to assure that this structure is very green.

Nate Tyler wants to invite you to “the dark side.” Tyler, an SCA alum and one-time Google spokesperson, is taking on global warming with Lights Out San Francisco, a grassroots campaign to get locals to turn off their lights between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 20. Landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the TransAmerica Tower have all agreed to pull the plug.

By Meg Chapman, 07 FIREMON intern, Coeur D’Alene, ID Remember the computer game “The Oregon Trail?” The one in which your wagon caravan never actually reaches the Oregon coast ‘cause everyone, including your cattle, die along the way?

By Katie Myszka August 19 - 22, 2007 — The gathering started off slowly as alumni began to fill up the campsite. We weren’t the only ones arriving at Yellow Pines, as our first black bear sighting occurred before 7pm. It meandered along a fallen tree and checked out Rob’s tent on the edge of the forest, squashing his straw hat in the process.

It’s a hot August afternoon and I’m working from home or trying to work anyway. Two old casement windows are cranked open and I’m distracted by the sound of many, many bumblebees swarming over a stand of Jerusalem artichoke aka Dump Daisies that are putting on their annual explosion of yellow.

I have seen a lot of SCA crews in my time.  But this one — and I say this with all due respect to the many in our ranks who wear their hard-earned grime and stench as a badge of honor — was the most putrid I have ever encountered.After three weeks of trail building in the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park they may have actually posed a greater environmental threat than the one t

Photos and text by Emily Poore, SCA Northeast Admissions Placement Coordinator Just back from a whirlwind trip through Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan - visiting 8 sites in 10 days - I was struck again by the broad range of experiences available through SCA.

Light and Shadow by Katie Sobalsky, SCA Intern Working in the same forest day in and day out allows me to take notice of its subtle changes and differences. Initial and quick glances give the impression of a land covered in green, and although this is a reasonable observation, closer inspection reveals the vastness in shades and tones of green.

by Laura Bogar, Mount Rainier Ambassador, Conservation Leadership Corps member When I picked up the paper on the morning of November 5th, 2006, I almost forgot to breathe. My mountain – the mountain – Western Washington’s Mount Rainier had been hit, hard, by the record-setting rain of the day before. The details were unclear, but the damage was great. Roads were out.

by Katie Sobalsky, SCA Intern Building trails is Understanding it’s Feng Shui Therapeutic Poetic Zen-like Time to think Time to not think at all Tiring Physical Mental Rewarding Peaceful Appreciating nature Minimizing footprints Building trails is art

Richmond, Vermont - UVM Graduate Students James Barnes and Delia Delongchamp are developing a new program with UVM, SCA and other land conservation programs. From their Graduate Research Master’s Project: The program adheres to a “service-learning” framework, combining teaching of core knowledge and skills in land stewardship with in-field service to land conservation organizations.

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