Conservation Journal: Erin

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.

March 22, 2018

Erin

As much fun as office and field work has been this winter, it’s really nice to have the work weeks interlaced with events like conferences, committee meetings, and service days. We’ve had a lot of opportunities like this lately and I think it’s helping save my sanity until actual spring arrives, not this icy in-between stuff.

This past Friday we got to take part in the AmeriCorps Service Day as the second newest AmeriCorps program in New Hampshire. It was another awesome opportunity where I got to learn more about the extensive programs under AmeriCorps like AVAP and VISTA. We also got to bond more at our various service sites with SCA, or the Student Conservation Association, which is a similar program to ours, as they do a lot of hands on conservation work throughout the state. They rough it wayyy more than the members do at our wonderful Conservation Cottage, so I think we all got a better appreciation for how comfy our housing is. I got to spend my morning volunteering at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, helping them clean out some of their education prep rooms. We got to watch one of the animal care staff train one of their turkey vultures, which was super cool. It was really fun to spend a day helping out somewhere that works so closely with animals.

The other recent breakup from the snow and ice was a meeting this past Monday with the SLA Conservation Committee. Myself and a few of the other AmeriCorps members got to sit in and talk about the projects we’re working on with those on the committee. It was awesome to get to have discussions about what efforts will be the most beneficial for the Squam Lakes and how to go about getting them done- the past few months we’ve mostly been working on developing our projects, so talking about how to actually implement them was really exciting for us.

I’m really excited as we approach the summer season to see how all of the work we’ve been putting into our projects will come into fruition- I’m sure some things will work well, others will fail, and some things will have to be completely re-designed. This is both the curse and blessing of hands-on conservation work and I think we’re all looking forward to the challenges.

Erin is from Dallas, Texas. She graduated from the University of Austin where she majored in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavioral Biology. Click here to read Erin's bio.

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