Idaho Corps

SCA Idaho AmeriCorps Program

Created in 2009, the Idaho AmeriCorps Program is designed to meet the environmental conservation, natural resource protection, community stewardship, and workforce development needs of the larger community touched by Salmon-Challis National Forest. 

The SCA Idaho AmeriCorps program provides five-month internships to 20 individuals serving in the Salmon-Challis National Forest region of central Idaho. Members work with Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management employees on a variety of conservation service projects throughout the area. During their service members gain outdoor leadership experience and multidisciplinary training in a variety of land management facets, which include studying forestry and fuel loads, rangeland management, wildlife management/biology, data collection using Trimble GPS units, and trail work.

Members of the Idaho Corps receive or have the option to receive the following trainings or certifications:

  • Wilderness First Responder
  • CPR Certification
  • Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics
  • Trail Skills
  • GPS Training
  • Defensive Driver Training
  • Timber Stand Exam Techniques
  • Some members will receive S212 chainsaw training, ATV training, Arc Pad GIS training, etc.

The SCA Idaho AmeriCorps program increases natural and cultural resource protection in the Salmon-Challis National Forest and adjoining Bureau of Land Management areas containing over 4 million acres in east-central Idaho. Through hands-on conservation service projects and professional trainings, SCA Idaho AmeriCorps members enhance their field skills and career opportunities as well as impact rural Idaho communities through community outreach and volunteer engagement.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and must pass a background check. Other requirements vary by position.

Members live in communal housing at a remote helibase deep the forest. Most projects are field-based hitches requiring the members to camp out for up to 10 days at a time.

 

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Week 1:

The trail crew for this hitch included William Hough (Project Leader), Ryan Kelleher, Sara Kober, Jacob Porto, Jarred Renaud, and Brittany Weinstein.  Our first week of the two week hitch was spent improving both Morse Creek and Morgan Creek trails.  Morgan Creek trail is primarily used by hikers and hunters with the occasional pack animal.  Morse Creek trail on the other hand is designed to be used by mainly motorcyclists and equestrians. 

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Asher Hudson, SCA Idaho, tending to a patient during a mock scenario.

 

This week the SCA Idaho AmeriCorps members arrived from points across the country- Florida, Michigan, Washington and areas all over the East Coast.  They caravaned into Moyer en masse, driving past snow covered peaks and rivers surging with melt. 

 

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Do you want to get to know the forest really, really well? I mean in minute detail, from the texture and depth of loamy, rich, organic duff that makes up the forest floor to the canopy type and leaf cover of individual trees. If you answered yes, then try South Zone Vegetation surveys. They are an intimate, get-to-know you, up close and personal date with the forest and unique habitat types of south central Idaho.

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The better SCA BLM crew embarks with J, Nat, and Dana to continue the CDT rerouting work of the prior crew. Nat instructed the crew on the goals of the project and how to determine prevailing grades for the trail. Nat also gave J and I a few tips on trails design and a quick lesson on using TerraSync with the Trimble Juno.

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Leader: ConnerMembers: Timothy, Robert, JadeStaying at a Guard Station made the hitch go by so much more smoothly, we had way more time to relax after work and were fully energized for the next day. We had our family dinners at the table every evening which was very nice. During the walks on our U-routes we saw a black bear with her two cubs, which was cool.

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Your child is about to embark on a life-changing experience, where they will have the opportunity to meet new friends, explore potential careers, gain leadership skills, and accomplish hands-on conservation work that will have a lasting impact on the planet.