Conservation Journal John

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.

John Plummer

May 5, 2019

This week I led a program called Paddle and Poetry, in which participants shared and wrote poetry from their boats. I started doing some writing for my own enjoyment about five years ago. I’ve found it to be very rewarding for many reasons, but it has been especially enjoyable in the outdoors. In place of a photo or video, taking the time to write something down when you’re out in nature is a way to create a special and more meaningful memory. Looking back at your own writing, you are able to put yourself back in a place and time with ease. In honor of my program this week, I chose to write a poem about Piper Cove, where the Squam Lakes Association is located.

our little
cove within
a cove
exists myriad
vibrant life,
forth as the water
from White
Oak Pond flows in,
roiling with White

A beaver
paddles to
and fro, harvesting
woody fibers which,
woven together
its lodge.

among the grasses,
the Canada Goose
sits statuesque
guarding her nest
at the edge
of the forest.

How good
of them all
to let us in
to their home,
there is only a little
we have done
to deserve such treatment,
but we try
our hardest.

refer to it
as our cove, but
it belongs
to no man.

John's perfect meal is carnitas street tacos with rice and beans. You can read more about John here.


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