When I first hear diversity, my first thought these days is not human, ethnic, or gender diversity but biological. This could be because much of what the WCC does is to help biological diversity seen in our work for habitat restoration, stream banks, beetle kill mitigation, wildlife fencing, and noxious weed removal. Turns out biological … Continue reading Reflection on Diversity
For the WCC, especially, risk can become something that entails more danger than the average person encounters. We use sharp tools, drive a lot, go to remote locations, and live in that elements. Therefore, risk management is something we must do consciously and with serious consideration.
The last couple of weeks of the WCC leadership class have been centered around the idea of conservation as a multi-stakeholder/agency effort that is propped up by a complex network of interrelated laws. These sorts of discussions might not give you the pure adrenal percussion grenade of starting up a STIHL 362 sporting an 18" bar … Continue reading WCC: Part of Something Bigger
To begin with, my deepest apologies for the lack of photos in my posts! We all know what sells newspapers, and it ain't the words. I had planned to document this weekend, but my phone died. So, hopefully one of the other staff will have some good eye candy to attach to this post. Last … Continue reading Chainsaw Day Recap
Spring Break is over and it is both exciting and terrifying how close we are to the start of the WCC season. Crew leaders are getting paired up tonight, the tiny tool shed is in its final stages, saw camp is just around the corner, and the docket is almost full of exciting projects. The … Continue reading Gearing Up for the Season, Preparing for the Unpredictable
As we roll closer and closer to the 'conservation season,' the crew leaders, myself included, are having lots of discussions about leadership, service, and motivation. What motivates us to lead? What motivates us to serve? Without trying to sound cynical, I would posit that no one serves simply for the good in and of itself. … Continue reading Thoughts on Service and Selflessness