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Student Conservation Association to Celebrate 50th Anniv at Yellowstone

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Date: August 30, 2007
Contact: Kevin Hamilton, SCA, 603-543-7229
Contact: Al Nash, YNP, 307-344-2010
Contact: Stacy Vallie, YNP, 307-344-2012

STUDENT CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION

For Immediate Release

Contacts:

Kevin Hamilton, Student Conservation Association
603-543-7229

Al Nash, Yellowstone National Park
307-344-2010

Stacy Vallie, Yellowstone National Park
307-344-2012

Student Conservation Association to Celebrate 50th Anniversary at Yellowstone National Park

August 30, 2007 - Student Conservation Association (SCA) Founding President Elizabeth Cushman Titus Putnam, along with SCA volunteers, alumni, and staff, will restore a popular hiking trail as part of SCA’s 50th anniversary celebration at Yellowstone National Park on Monday, September 3.

From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., SCA members will work on the Bunsen Peak Trail in a project that for some will mark an historic return. SCA’s Greater Yellowstone Recovery Corps, an award-winning three-year restoration program, provided the park with critical services following the wildfires of 1988.

Jay A. Satz, SCA Vice President for Western Initiatives, led one of the SCA Yellowstone crews in 1989, rebuilding backcountry trail and turnpikes lost to the fire. "I have never seen teenagers give so much, or gain so much from a single experience," says Satz. "And this same remarkable experience happened on 60 other SCA crews that summer alone."

SCA’s Yellowstone event also includes a 4:00 p.m. program with Deputy Superintendent Colin Campbell and other park staff that will recognize SCA’s important and ongoing relationship with Yellowstone National Park. More than 40 SCA volunteers served in various capacities at Yellowstone this year, and SCA’s 1957 origins are traced to nearby Grand Teton National Park.

The Student Conservation Association is a nationwide conservation force of college and high school volunteers who protect and restore America’s parks, forests, and other public lands. For 50 years, SCA’s active, hands-on approach to conservation has helped to develop new generations of conservation leaders, inspire lifelong stewardship, and save our planet. To learn more, visit theSCA.org.

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