The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is the nation's leading non-profit provider of conservation service opportunities for young people, according to Sharon Roesch a forester with the Alaska Division of Forestry.
The groups are made up of five to seven person teams that are trained in wild land-urban interface education and property evaluation and work with local authorities and homeowners to reduce fuel loads and improve defensible space. Across the nation 200 college-aged young people have been stationed in 13 states to help citizens protect their homes from wild land fire.
In Nikiski a SCA team of six members, from all over the country, is headquartered for the summer at the Nikiski Fire Station #2, "We are going to individual homes and doing home evaluations and finding out how great of a threat their houses may have, checking out defensible space, we will help cut down lighter fuels and do what it takes to mitigate the danger for homeowners," said SCA team member Colleen Fisher, from Boston Mass. "We're trained and excited to get to work in the local area educating homeowners and hopefully collaborating on community fuels reduction projects before the summer is over," added Casey McVey, from North Carolina.
There is no charge for the home evaluations, "Once you make an appointment, we will come to your home and discuss the ways you can make your property more defensible from wildfires," added McVey. The other members of the SCA team are: Adam Barrows, from Indiana, Nichole Dorr, of California, Andrea Keller, from Indiana, and Heather Tomlins, of Road Island. The group is also available for public presentations to groups or civic organizations and recently presented an informative program to the Soldotna Rotary Club. To make an appointment or find out more about the SCA, call the Nikiski Fire Dept. #2 at 776-8400.
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