Conservation Journal: Becca

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.

July 13, 2018


In my last journal back in May I kind of made it sound like I was leaving Squam in 2 weeks even though I knew I had a whole summer ahead of me. I had a feeling these few months would fly by just as they did last year around this time. If you want to know how much I love the SLA and AmeriCorps check out that entry. This journal, however, will focus on something I haven’t talked about much in my journals… kiosks.

Back in November one of the projects I was very excited to work on was creating a new kiosk design for our trailheads. Due to other emerging needs, this project always seemed to get pushed to the side. I would work on it a bit here and there, but never really saw much progress in the winter months. Finally, throughout the month of June I was able to devote a large chuck of my time to developing a new kiosk design. I created a brand new layout for the Whitten Woods trail network kiosk. It was a great feeling to make a layout worthy of being passed along for future use. Being able to contribute to another side of SLA’s mission that I did not expect when I first started as an AmeriCorps member is really inspiring and exciting. Fingers crossed that we get this new kiosk installed before my term here is up and when I come back to visit next time I hope that additional kiosks will be input as well!

I couldn’t end my last journal ever without a big thank you to everyone I met at SLA and because of the SLA: interns from 2017, the first group of lurkers (our internal nickname for the LRCC members), our current LRCC members extending to SLCS and LRCT, all the staff of the SLA, and every hiker, camper, and boater that I met out in the field. The knowledge and experience I gained from all of you shaped me into a better person and hopefully a more successful conservation professional. I will miss this place like crazy, but I know I will always have Squam Lake as a second home!

Becca is from Chicago, Illinois. This is her second summer with SLA and her first summer with the Lakes Region Conservation Corps! She graduated from Illinois State University with a BA in Biological Sciences and a minor in Environmental Science. Click here to read Becca's bio.

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