Conservation Journal: Maggie

The Lakes Regions 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.

December 2, 2017

Maggie

I have learned and experienced so much in the short time I have been here it's hard to believe it’s only been a month. To name a few, I have helped reroute the start of the Five Finger Point trail, cleaned out the Clivus (composting toilet) on Chamberlain Reynolds, blazed the entire Fisher Ridge Trail, learned how to winterize the boats, helped with disaster relief phone calls with Volunteer New Hampshire, and learned that for my 23 years of life I have been calling a wheelbarrow a wheel barrel.

Trail work, although hard, is probably one of my favorite things that we do for the SLA. To see that we can make positive changes to the many trails we maintain and make sure they continue to be enjoyed by the public is truly a wonderful feeling. Being outside in the cold may not seem like it would be a very fun activity, but as long as you keep moving it can be a very positive experience especially when you see real results after a hard day of work. Even when it's cold and rainy it's great to know that I'm helping the SLA deliver on their promises to the community. Knowing we will do what we can to help conserve the natural beauty of the watershed while ensuring that this place continues to be protected and enjoyed by the public is the best part of the job.

I am so thankful to be a part of this community. It's always great to feel like you're doing work that is actually good not just for the environment but also for the people who live in this wonderful place. I often find myself speechless when looking at the lake, even more so when on Calypso doing water quality. It’s hard not to get distracted by the sheer beauty of Squam Lake. I am so lucky to be able to call this place home. Being around people who are passionate about conservation work and truly care about the environment has been a privilege and I am so excited to see what the next few months bring.

Maggie is from Swampscott, Massachusetts. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Natural Resource Conservation. Click here to read Maggie's bio.

 

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