Lakes Region Conservation Corps
About the LRCC AmeriCorps Program
The Lakes Regions 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. The trainings, certifications, and experiences also develop important professional skills that are applicable to future careers within any occupational and educational field. The program ensures that LRCC members are capable of independently approaching a variety of tasks, acting as a leader within any situation, and thinking critically to solve any problem that may arise.
We run half-year and full-year LRCC programs over the course of the year. In the summer/fall season we run a ten person LRCC crew and in the winter/spring season we run an eight person LRCC crew. We select LRCC members who display a great attitude and commitment to the SLA's mission, who enjoy hard work and aren't afraid to get dirty. Members receive a living allowance throughout the national service program. The real benefits to the LRCC members are the training and experience gained along with the location here on beautiful Squam Lake. On days off LRCC members swim, explore the White Mountain National Forest, paddle or sail (boats available at our Resource Center), ski or snowshoe, or head out for a bike ride on quiet back roads or some of the area’s single track.
The LRCC Experience
The LRCC AmeriCorps program is a new program as of November 2017. The program is modeled off of our Squam Conservation Internship, therefore, the experiences of our past interns provide insight into the daily life of an LRCC member.
- LRCC Leadership: The Lakes Region Conservation Corps is a comprehensive program that covers all aspects of the SLA’s work. Because of the diversity of the LRCC experience, the efforts of our LRCC members fall under different departments within the SLA.
- Conservation Journal: Our LRCC members are asked to write about their experience with the SLA. The Conservation Journal chronicles the daily lives of LRCC members.
- Adventure Ecology Programs: Every friday our LRCC members coordinate and run educational/recreational programs that are open to the public. Here are this year's Adventure Ecology programs and the programs of the past.
- Endless Milfoil: A Day in the Life of a Conservation Intern: This video by 2015 intern Julian Dahl captures a dive day on Squam.
- SLA video: This video by 2016 intern Stevie Raymond shows much of the work performed by the SLA, and our interns.
- Fly Fishing on Squam: This video by 2014 intern Ian Smith captures the beauty of the Squam Lakes as he showcases a popular pursuit of the Lakes Region.