From tree planting in Northwest Indiana’s local parks to trail work in Vallejo, California, SCA members have been busy protecting public lands and greenspaces across the country. Here are four snapshots of the amazing conservation work accomplished.

1. Northwest Indiana

The Calumet Tree Conservation Corps is working to plant 500 trees in the Grand Calumet watershed within the Indiana communities of East Chicago, Hammond, Whiting, Gary, Highland, and Hobart. This also includes caring and maintaining over 3,000 trees planted in previous program seasons throughout the aforementioned communities. 

2. Queens, New York City

At Crocheron Park in Queens NYC, this crew has been working to revive a trail within a 45-acre urban oasis. They are tackling erosion issues by planting wetland-friendly shrubs and moving the trail in areas where flooding is a concern, and beautifying the entire trail by adding fresh native plants and replacing rotted wooden walkways. 

3. Vallejo, California

Out in Vallejo, this crew restored interpretive signs, as well as restored miles of washed out trail that had people starting to create social trails of their own but was corrected. There was plenty of invasive species removal, aka fuel reduction, not only to help the plants in the area that are supposed to be there grow, but also to prevent possible fire spread if one happens.

4. North Cascades, Washington

For the past fifteen days, The North Cascades crew have been camping inside and working alongside horticulturalists, biologists, and restorations crews to meet the diverse needs of the national park. On any given day, the team can be found repotting native plants in the green house, visiting the restoration site out on Ross lake, or sampling dragonfly larvae to help with wildlife research.

We will be sharing Part 2 of Summer Snapshots featuring more SCA programs in September! 

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