Conservation Journal: Maggie

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.

April 18, 2018

Maggie

The winter season is coming to a close and weather is starting to get warmer. With the ice slowly disappearing, I was finally able to canoe out and clean the duck boxes to prepare them for the future nesting wood ducks on the lake. Not only does warm weather mean getting out on the lake to canoe and swim, but it also means wildlife is returning. Every morning as I walk to work I pause to listen to the different birds that are starting to return for the spring. This has only amplified my excitement for the coming season here at the SLA. With wildlife returning and plants beginning to sprout, the need to be proactive when it comes to looking out for invasive species is a must.  Ben and I have worked on planning a watershed wide terrestrial invasive plant removal day. We have worked with the surrounding towns to organize this event kicking off the removal season in May. I am happy to be staying on for another term as a member of the Lakes Region Conservation Corps. Starting on May 21st I’ll learn how to scuba dive to help the SLA’s initiative to remove the aquatic invasive plant, variable milfoil,  from the lake. We will continue working on terrestrial invasive plant removal, doing trail maintenance, running educational programs, and working on individual projects, and so much more.

Based on all the work we were able to get done this winter and how exciting it was to be a part of this new program, I can't wait to see how the energy here changes as warmer weather comes.  The past months serving with the SLA provided me with so many valuable skills and experiences, while introducing me to the conservation field, and seamlessly transitioning me from academia. Being around the incredible staff at the SLA has changed my perspective of what it means to be a conservation professional. The variety of things I learned from my months of service is endless and with that I will be forever thankful to the SLA.  Learning how to drive a boat, winterizing boat engines, taking on large scale projects, aiding in conservation initiatives, running educational programs, and being a part of our expanding terrestrial invasive removal program are just a few of the many things I have done while being here. Thank you to this wonderful organization, I can't wait to see what the summer brings.

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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