Stories from the Field

from Elli CaldwellAt last month’s Desert Restoration Corps event, crew leader Rebecca Pike explained a bit about the Yuha Desert’s unique archeology. Check out the video below.SCA 50th Anniversary Event, Yuha Desert, California, USA

by Kass Hardy, Glacier ‘03 & ‘04, Yosemite ‘06 This letter is intended to raise awareness and to encourage YOU to be a part of the future of OUR National Parks. The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016. What a great opportunity we have to rejuvenate and reenergize the service.

by Elli CaldwellWe had arrived for a few days in Southern California’s Yuha Desert to celebrate SCA, to work, talk and listen, connect and remember. We had come to recognize a program that some said wouldn’t last, wouldn’t work, wasn’t worth it. After seven years in the deserts of Southern California, we were there to remind ourselves and everyone else just how far we had come.

“Answering the Call: Asian American Youth Get Real, Give Back to the Environment with SCA” Asian Week February 23, 2007 by Christina Wong, SCA Board Member and Alumna “Do I dare disturb the universe?” This is what I asked myself when I first noticed our nation’s frightening levels of air pollution, contaminated drinking water, climate change and other ‘inconvenient truths:’ the reality t

by Kevin Hamilton, Vice President for Communications Last October, impassioned comments from alumna Tamara Paul and former NPS Director and SCA board member Bob Stanton generated a mountain top emotional high for those attending the Charlestown, NH event. And Saturday’s Golden Anniversary Reception at the Presidio in San Francisco was a repeat performance.

Photos & essay created by Emily B. Hertz. Emily has been an SCA volunteer in the Bureau of Land Management’s Tucson field office since 2003. She clears trash in southeastern Arizona along the Mexican border. Needle and string. Virgin Mary beach towel. Cans of tuna. Bus ticket stubs. Voter registration cards. Pesos. Baby bottle. Fleece-lined corduroy jacket. Pornography comics.

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provided by Joshua Stearns, SCA Alumnus and Board Member As part of my series of reflections on community, service, and environment, I want to pass along an article by a friend, Keith Morton, a professor of American Studies at Providence College.

So I’m watching the Oscars last night (has there ever been a less entertaining television broadcast?), and among the endless Coke and Cadillac commercials is a spot for CSI: Miami. Apparently, a man-eating grizzly bear is rampaging through the Everglades. Yeah, the Everglades.

From An Inconvenient Truth Sung My Melissa Etheridge at the Oscars Have I been sleeping? I’ve been so still Afraid of crumbling Have I been careless?

You may not know Rebecca but you’d be a better person if you did. Altered, at the very least. Rebecca has directed dozens of SCA trail and restoration projects. She is wise, optimistic and caring. Tender, patient, and a bit shy; she would probably prefer that I not post this. But most of all, she is passionate. About nature. About stewardship. About life.

by Joshua Stearns, SCA Board Member and Alumnus Almost everyone has heard at least some small snippet of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous I Have a Dream speech, given at the March on Washington in August of 1967. It is one of the great speeches of our time. However, whenever I hear a recording of that speech, or see a video of it, I am struck by the moment just before Dr. King begins to speak.

Conservation That Builds Relationships by Joshua Stearns, SCA Board Member and Alumnus “Service has the power to connect people across generations, connect landscapes across geographies, and connect our work to a greater good.” SCA offered me the opportunity to develop life-changing relationships.

From Coins of Dawn, by C.T. Putnam From matriarchal vision was their mission born, these heroes bold and true. Brave guardians of nature’s bounty, neglect of mankind to undo. They do it not for glory, nor fame or wealth untold; but for the sense of wonder brought by a job well done. They scale the heights of Kenai; they march the Sonoran trails.

by Emily Sloan, ‘05 Stepping onto the night train to Vienna, I finally felt like a European traveler. I dozed off and awoke to find myself explaining intricacies of English grammar to a Sardinian college student.

Connecting Soul, Soil, and Society by Joshua Stearns, SCA Board Member and Alumnus In recent years SCA has taken its work out of the wilderness and into the community, changing lives and serving nature in local classrooms and community venues as well as state forests and national parks.

The Coal War on Appalachia by Janisse Ray HAZARD, Ky. – When I arrive at the tiny hangar in Hazard, Kentucky, pilot Susan Lapis is waiting. Lapis has flown in her immaculate Cessna from Bristol, Virginia, where she lives. She’s dressed completely in black, a long black dress with black tights.

News from Vermont, by Janisse Ray Two hundred years ago, eating local was a way of life. Vermonters stocked root cellars, smoked meat, made sauerkraut and pickles, and canned fruits and vegetables for winter. Now, eating local has become an important way to decrease dependence on fossil fuels and to help build a more dependable, decentralized food system.

by Joshua Stearns, SCA Board Member and Alumnus Bill McKibben’s new initiative, Step It Up!, is creating quite a buzz in the green corners of the internet.

These stories may not have the drama of falling birds or giant ice shelves breaking free, but they do a little to lighten my enviro-heart. At the same time, my inner skeptic can’t help but ask: Are these law-makers legit? And do sportsmen really appreciate nature the same way that I do? As environmentalists, doesn’t it seem like we just have to take what we can get?