This Week's Program:
Join me to check another couple of trails off your list for the Squam Ranger program, or begin your Squam Ranger journey! Recreational hikers (and dogs!) just wanting to get out and explore some of the Squam ranges are perfectly welcome as well. We will meet at the SLA and then drive together to the Undercut Trailhead from Pinehurst, hike across to Rt. 113 and walk to and hike Morse Trail, for a total hike of ~1.5 miles. These trails descend gradually, if at all, and shouldn’t be strenuous, but the winter conditions could change this slightly, and hikers should come prepared for a fun challenge. I will contact participants the day before the program with an update on weather and what to expect*.
*As temperatures warm and snow and ice on and around our trails melt, we want to let participants know that there is the potential for outdoor adventure ecology programs to change or be canceled. We will always do our best to contact participants as soon as we receive updated information on the conditions of trails to notify them.
What to Bring:
Participants should bring appropriate winter clothing, water, food, and snowshoes and/or micro-spikes depending on conditions. The SLA can provide snowshoes for up to six particpants. Click here to view a list of SLA recommended gear for winter hiking.
This Week's LRCC Guide:
My name is Erin Shilling and this past May I graduated from the University of Texas in Austin. I hope to have a career in research in the future, and want to learn more about how non-profits like the SLA work to implement research into their management practices in order to best conserve the environment. In addition to research, I love the outdoors, working with animals, reading, and learning.
SLA's Adventure Ecology Trips:
Throughout the year, the Squam Lakes Association offers free programs open to the public on a variety of nature and conservation related topics. The Adventure Ecology programs are presented by the Lakes Region Conservation Corps members who spend their year on Squam performing important conservation work in support of the Association's mission. For more information about the SLA's educational programs please click here or call our office at (603) 968-7336.
Lakes Region Conservation Corps
The Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) is an AmeriCorps service program that develops skills and experiences for conservation professionals. LRCC members are the driving force behind the Squam Lakes Association’s conservation efforts. The program provides hands-on conservation work experience and numerous certifications over a broad range of areas, which ensures that LRCC members are capable of independently approaching a variety of tasks in the environmental conservation field. Members remove invasive species from the Squam watershed, manage and act as caretakers at our backcountry campsites, maintain the SLA’s 50+ miles of trails, educate the public on local and regional conservation initiatives, spearhead reports on conservation efforts, lead SLA volunteer crews and ensure the daily functioning of the Squam Lakes Association’s programs. Click here to learn more about the program.