Conservation Journal: Cole

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.


January 4, 2019

Cole Beale

Being in New Hampshire has provided me with opportunities to see and do things I have never been able to before. The work that we have done so far has been both fulfilling and extremely enjoyable. Trail work days and guided hikes have easily become my favorite serving days. Trekking up the snowy mountainsides have proven to be great work outs and great opportunities to take photos. The scenery and views from the summits and hikes are like nothing I have ever seen and resemble photos in documentaries and those seen online. It truly is an amazing place and I am so grateful to be here. Sometimes I have to take a step back and appreciate how lucky I am to be here with amazing people and doing such enjoyable work every day.

We just go done with a break for Christmas. While I was home I was telling stories about what I had been doing, sharing my experiences, and showing photographs of the area. The overwhelming favorite pictures were those of Squam Lake from the summits of mountains. The others that were enjoyed the most were of the ice and myself skating on it. I had never skated on such a large body of water before. I grew up playing hockey in Buffalo, New York, all the skating that we did had been in town rinks and on small backyard rinks we had made. Skating on something as large as the bodies of water in the area had been something I had wanted to do my whole life but just never had the opportunity to. Once I saw people on the ice I jumped at the chance and was out all day for the whole weekend. It was amazing, like nothing I had ever experienced. I could not believe how smooth the ice was, it was perfect. It was better than skating on the rinks we played at growing up because it had naturally occurred. Hearing the sounds from the ice and seeing almost a never ending area to skate it something I will never forget.

These first two months have flown by and I could not believe it was already Christmas time. I was looking forward to going home for a little bit and seeing family, but in a blink Christmas break has come and gone and just like that it is time to get back. It was very nice being home and spending time with family and friends, but I am looking forward to getting back to the mountains and lake. While I am hoping that these next months don’t go as fast as the previous two, I am very much looking forward to everything that is to come and the changes that will happen over the next months.

Cole is from Buffalo, New York. He recently graduated from Daemen College in Amherst, New York. where he received a bachelors in business administration. Read more about Cole here.

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