On Monday, February 12th, the Squam Lakes Association's crew of AmeriCorps members, part of the Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC), teamed up with local conservation organizations, the Lakes Region Conservation Trust and the Winnipesaukee Watershed Association, for an area cleanup event after the successful Great Rotary Ice Fishing Derby event.
"It was a great experience to be out on the ice, where the event had taken place, and all of the bob houses were still present," said LRCC AmeriCorps member, Meghan Christie. "There was very little trash left on the ice, which the LRCC members were so pleased to see, as it indicates that the local community is engaging in responsible conservation behaviors."
The town of Meredith hosted one of the biggest winter events in the Lakes Region over the weekend, the Great Rotary Ice Fishing Derby. This event draws in ice fishermen from all over the country and transforms Meredith Bay into a sea of vendors, bob houses, and fun activities. Like all big events, clean-up is crucial to keeping an area pristine, even after the fun is over. This is especially true in an area like the Lakes Region of New Hampshire where conservation is a major part of the culture and many organizations, residents, and volunteers work hard throughout the year to keep the area beautiful for future enjoyment.
The LRCC is an AmeriCorps service program that develops skills and experiences for conservation professionals. LRCC members are the driving force behind many of the conservation efforts of New Hampshire's Lakes Region, and based out of the Squam Lakes Association. AmeriCorps members also enjoyed the opportunity to meet people from the Winnipesaukee Watershed Association, and spend additional time with the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, one of the SLA's most trusted collaborators, and a future host site for future LRCC AmeriCorps members.
Together, these organizations did a great service for the Lakes Region community, and we can only expect to see more collaborative conservation efforts in the months to come.