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.
January 15, 2018
After spending 2 weeks back home in Chicago where it was just as bitterly cold as it was back here in NH I returned feeling even colder, more tired and very stressed about catching up on work I missed. My second day back I went into the day with a list of things I needed to accomplish, but little did I know I was in for much more than just a day filled with catching up. That afternoon I got to witness one of the coolest things I have seen here on Squam. All 8 of us were back in the same room for the first time in almost three weeks and we were ready go see the Ice Harvest that Rockywold Deephaven hosts. I wasn’t exactly sure what this meant, but I was excited because this was the first time I would be stepping foot on a completely frozen over lake. I had no idea I would feel like I just stepped into one of the scenes from my favorite Disney movie, Frozen.
There are many steps that need to happen in order to harvest the ice. First an area had to be measured, individual squares were cut out most of the way down and then a chainsaw was used to cut the perimeter of all the squares. From there, the blocks of ice were pushed over to one side, each one was separated using a large ice pick. The blocks of ice were put on a conveyer belt and then finally moved onto the truck to be transported to the ice house. I watched all of this with amazement. If that smiling face doesn’t scream happiness I don’t know what does. I did not want to leave the ice that day. I could have watched this process all day long.
Each season I’ve spent here has brought new opportunities to learn about everything that takes place on the lake. I love having the opportunity to connect with other people and organizations that also work on Squam. Winter has proven to be just as interesting, beautiful and challenging as the last two seasons have been. This was hands down one of my favorite days as an LRCC member so far and I’m looking forward to many more experiences to come!
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.
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