The Council

The Student Conservation Council (SCC) engage their peers and our community in activities to protect and restore land, water and wildlife habitat in the Wood River Valley. All members of the SCC visit Land Trust preserves and conservation easement properties to learn about local conservation.

The Commitment

SCC holds monthly meetings, gives presentations on projects to peers, reports to the Land Trust’s Board of Directors annually and does all the behind-the-scenes work necessary to fund and promote and fund SCC projects. The group is mentored by the SCC Advisory Council, which includes teachers, administrators, botanists and staff.

The Benefit

In addition to being an advocate for our young community, each of those who serve on the SCC  to deepen their understanding of river ecology, we partner with a local outfitter for fly-fishing trips a few times per year.

 

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Students for Seedlings

helping nature recover from the Beaver Creek Fire

 
 
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In an effort to learn about the importance of our natural resources, the Student Conservation Council develops and implements projects associated the Wood River Land Trust’s mission. The students collaborate with schools, businesses and public agency partners. The SCC promotes their projects to the community and fundraises for their initiatives.

Students for Seedlings

SCC’s first project was helping to restore public lands affected by the 2013 Beaver Creek Fire. Working with the U.S. Forest Service, the SCC raised funds to help purchase sagebrush and bitterbrush seedlings and native seed mix. In the fall of 2014, with the help of student and community volunteers of all ages, those seeds and seedlings were planted on public lands at Greenhorn Gulch.

Project Goals Met

  • planted 30 acres with students and volunteers in Fall 2014
  • raised $800 or more to purchase plants/seeds and cover overhead expenses

Replanting natives helped mitigate the impacts from the fire by:

  • stabilizing soil to prevent or diminish the size of mudslides.
  • decreasing amount of silt in the river caused by runoff from rain storms.
  • promoting the growth of native species to help combat invasive species.