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.
November 27, 2017
Like Becca, this journal was more difficult to write than I was expecting, because every day of AmeriCorps has brought something new and exciting. The Squam watershed has rapidly become home to me, and I’ve enjoyed so many different activities, such as running to the top of the Rattlesnake Mountains on my days off, finishing the start of the brand-new Fisher Ridge Trail, and helping to answer 211 calls from victims of the Halloween flood event. Even dreary weather days around campus have been fun; Erin, Becca and I reorganized the store and inventoried all the new merchandise (come do your Christmas shopping here!).
However, not surprisingly, my favorite work-related activity thus far has been water quality. Water chemistry and aquatic ecology are my primary academic interests, and one of the major reasons I took this AmeriCorps position in the first place. Our very first night of work we attended a panel at Plymouth State entitled “Contaminants In and Around Squam” and my interest was immediately sparked.
I’m envisioning the reading and research will take place while the lake isn’t yet frozen enough to walk on, but too much ice for our trusty steed Calypso. For now, I’m enjoying taking Calypso, often having to break through ice in Piper Cove, out to our various sampling sites. Here at the SLA we have 14 sampling sites total, and thus far I’ve been to 8 of them. I have gotten to enter data from all 14 sites though (thank you volunteers!!!) and am looking forward to teaching myself more about statistics in order to work with said data!
In other news, living at the cottage has been a wonderful experience, and I’m very grateful (‘tis the season after all) for the LRCC members and all the staff at Squam Lakes Association for quickly becoming some of my most cherished friends. These next couple months are going to be quite the adventure!
Meghan is from Sleepy Hollow, California. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in environmental studies. Click here to read Meghan's bio.