This Week's Program:
In this program, participants will become familiar with common invasive plants as they make the 1.6mi hike up Cotton Mountain Trail. Invasive plants, such as oriental bittersweet and Japanese knotweed, are serious threats to the native flora and ecosystems within the Squam lakes watershed. Through the hike, participants will get a better understanding of the specific threats to the region, how to identify these plants, and how they can get involved helping to manage invasives around Squam. Participants should meet at the Cotton Mountain trail head off of Rt. 113 with warm cloths for hiking, snowshoes/spikes, and water.
Age 12 & up.
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 Ben Grunwald, and I am a LRCC member from Durham, North Carolina. I graduated from the College of Wooster, in Wooster, OH, with a degree in biology. My interests are primarily on reptile and amphibian conservation/ecology, which has included time volunteering with the NC Herpetological Society and my senior thesis on lizards in Costa Rica.
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.