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.
September 19, 2018
A lot has happened since I wrote my last conservation journal, but also there’s just been a lot that has happened this summer and now going in to the fall! So I’d like to take the time here to focus on a topic that I did not mention in my last conservation journal. As you may have read in past journals from us LRCC member, we have a busy schedule! And that is definitely not a complaint. It’s amazing. It means we get to serve the Squam Lakes Watershed in so many different ways. One of those ways is by leading or being a part of various different programs or events. And while it is hard to pick a favorite part of this LRCC program we are a part of, this might be it for me.
Planning and leading educational Adventure Ecology programs is one of the programs we LRCC members lead, and I have had the chance to lead two this summer. For my first program I led a hike at Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest, which included walking through the swamp walk. We talked about the different types of wetlands and their role in the watershed, and we identified and pointed out species along the way. The best part of this was that my participants were enhancing my knowledge by pointing out species I didn't know, while I was enhancing theirs and introducing them to a place they have not previously experienced. During my second program I had a similar experience. I led a kayaking program to Bowman Island that focused on the clouds we see above Squam. We stopped at Bowman Island and sat at Sunset Ledge while we continued to discuss the clouds, but it was also an opportunity for me and my participants to share experiences relating to Squam and the surrounding region. This is one of the reasons I have grown to really enjoy running programs, they give participants the ability to learn more about Squam, while also giving everyone involved the opportunity to gain new perspectives and connect with Squam in ways they may not have before.
Adventure Ecology programs are just one of the many programs us LRCC members have led since May. The summer has given many opportunities for us to lead and be a part of partnerships between organizations as both Connor P. and Erica have mentioned in their journals. This includes a recent project were all of LRCC (including members from LRCT and SLCS) worked with the Center Harbor Road Association to remove a fence in Center Harbor Neck that was interfering with the passage of wildlife. This project consisted of everyone working in teams to cut, remove, and roll up the old fence. While we were unable to completely remove the fence in the day of work, we were able to remove a large portion and help the goal become more achievable.
The various programs, projects, and events we participate in or lead are just one aspect of our service, but they allow for unique opportunities to serve this community and to continue to learn from and appreciate this region.
Kim is from from Deland, Florida. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Environmental Studies. Click here to read Kim's bio.
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