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 LRCC program.
November 20, 2017
Back in May I started at the SLA as a conservation intern. I fell in love almost instantly not only with the area, but also with the work I was doing. Within days of being here I already knew that if I had the opportunity to stay through the fall I would absolutely take it. Little did I know that staying through the fall would then lead me to an opportunity to stay for another year. I am thrilled to continue the work I started in the summer months. The duties are changing, the weather has certainly changed, but my love for all things Squam isn’t going anywhere.
This first journal entry was a lot harder to write than the ones I wrote this summer simply because there are just too many things I want to write about. The first month as an LRCC member was filled with snowy trail days, multiple trips down to Concord to return 211 flood calls and amazing new coworkers (turned best friends). For some people an unpredictable and constantly changing schedule might not be very appealing, but for me it has kept me excited and motivated.
One of the things I am most excited for in the coming months is the planning and execution of our long-term projects. Each of us got to select the projects we found to be the most interesting and we now have the opportunity to get creative with how we accomplish them. The three projects I will be working on are milfoil data analysis, creating new kiosks at the trailheads, and making informational packages for new homeowners on Squam. Through these projects I will be able to further my connection to this beautiful area and continue to represent SLA’s mission.
Becca is from Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Illinois State University with a BA in Biological Sciences and a minor in Environmental Science. Click here to read Becca's bio.