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 6, 2017
It’s been a wonderful first week here at Squam for me. On our first day of work we all had a great opportunity to go to the toxics panel about contaminants that have been showing up in Squam Lake. The panel detailed how they are affecting the loons and if there are any possibilities of human health impacts. When I was first told about the panel I expected a few people to show up, but I was very wrong in that assumption. To my surprise the auditorium was packed full of concerned citizens. At the SLA we are committed to protecting the watershed and, with that, ensuring that Squam will forever be a place for people to enjoy. It’s so refreshing to see that through community outreach we helped to educate the public about conserving this beautiful place. For me it was a great way to see how much the community cares about this place and made me better understand just how important the work we are doing truly is.
Later in the week we took on trail work in the rain. Although this sounds like it would have been a daunting experience, I actually had an amazing time. With loppers, mattocks, and fire rakes in hand we hiked up Doublehead trail and cut and sawed our way through downed trees, in addition to clearing water bars and redirecting some streams away from the trail. I loved every minute of it. Although the work was hard it was a great experience seeing first-hand how SLA maintains these beautiful trails so they can continue to be enjoyed by the public.
It’s been a week since all the LRCC members have arrived at Squam Lake, with all of us thrown into one house it’s been quick getting to know each other. It's a unique experience being put into a living situation with people you don’t know, but I have a feeling that these next six months will change us from strangers to very close friends.
Maggie is from Swampscott, Massachusetts. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Natural Resource Conservation. Click here to read Maaggie's bio.