SCA Service on the Solstice
CIRI celebrated the first day of summer (June 21) at Taku Lake Park in Anchorage. Fifteen CIRI employees joined forces with volunteers from the Student Conservation Association (SCA), Anchorage Parks and Recreation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a day of park care and cleanup. In three short hours, volunteers restored more than 1,000 feet of lakeshore through planting 300 willow stakes and revitalized landscaped beds through weeding, mulching and planting native grasses.
To help Alaska Native youth remain connected with their land, culture and heritage, CIRI annually sponsors an SCA Youth Crew. A nationwide program founded in 1957, SCA has been active in Alaska since the 1970s. However, the first Youth Crew wasn’t fielded in the state until 2010. Instrumental in establishing Youth Crews in Alaska was former CIRI president and CEO Margie Brown, who serves on the CIRI Board of Directors and was recently appointed chair of the national SCA board. Since CIRI’s sponsorship of the first all-Alaska Native SCA crew, nearly 300 Alaskan youth have participated in SCA’s high-school crews. More than half self-identify as Alaska Native.
“CIRI has been involved with SCA for years, but this was the first year the company sponsored a cleanup day,” said Jason Brune, senior director, CIRI Land and Resources. “A total of 40 volunteers turned out, and it’s amazing what we were able to accomplish in just a few hours. CIRI is committed to preserving our land as a heritage asset for future generations of shareholders. Our work with the SCA, and the hands-on work we do in our communities, strengthens that commitment.”
For more information about SCA’s Alaska program, visit www.thesca.org/serve/program/alaska-regional-crews.