Conservation Journal: Erin

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.

May 11, 2018


This year in New Hampshire we seem to have not had a spring season at all. I’ve been trying to take all of the seasonal changes in stride because this climate is completely new to me, but I’m told this is not normal. Which makes sense I suppose, considering our lake thawed out and then about 2-3 days later we were hitting 85 degrees… No complaints here though, because I live for the summer! It just means here at the SLA we went from doing desk work 3 or 4 days a week to needing to suddenly completely transform our campus for tourist season!! Trails needed to be re-opened, our boat Calypso needed to be re-decked, mud that we ripped up plowing has to be smushed back into the ground, planning for terrestrial invasives removal day, ramping up summer water quality monitoring, servicing all of our scuba diving gear, and getting ready for our new AmeriCorps members to join! All of this amidst now frantically checking myself for ticks every time I feel the slightest tickle since they seem to also be enjoying the new warm weather.

Did I mention I’m excited? Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and the sun is shining. I think I used to take summer for granted in Texas because it’s sort of summer 8 months out of the year. Now it means that we get to really dig into what I feel like our Lakes Region Conservation Corps will do best, field work. With our crew being comprised of former Squam Conservation Interns, Intern Managers, JSLA camp counselors, and some brand-new AmeriCorps members to mix it up, I think this is going to be one of the SLA’s most epic summers yet.

It’s also a whole new season for us alums to learn even more new skills, something I always think we can’t keep topping. Last week I learned how to install decking on Calypso as I mentioned, and for two days this week we’re doing ax and trail work training through the US Forest Service (USFS) so we can work on USFS land! I don’t think I’ll be able to squeeze my resume onto one page anymore by the time I’m done here, and I couldn’t ask for a prettier area to be working in to get it done.

Erin is from Dallas, Texas. She graduated from the University of Austin where she majored in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavioral Biology. Click here to read Erin's bio.

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