SSCEF continues to focus its attention on 1) Conservation initiatives, 2) Youth Education and Training, and 3) Community Giving to organizations with similar objectives and missions. With the recent addition of two board of directors members with strong relationships to local scouting troops, SCEFF will work with the local troops to mutually fulfill their respective objectives. It will continue its outreach program to inform and educate the general public and students with regards to the Upper Childs River Restoration Project (UCRRP). SSCEF's "The Science Behind the UCRRP Project" will address the expectations and results of the restoration as it relates to the sciences involved.
The Upper Childs River Restoration Project has been SSCEF's primary conservation focus in recent years. In the past, the Childs River area had suffered damage to its ecosystem, in part due to the chemical and water temperature impacts from upstream cranberry farming.
With its transformation complete, the river has been restored and wetlands have been created. Fish and wildlife can enjoy their new habitat. A trail is available for the public to enjoy nature.
If you are interested in additional details of the restoration or would like a group presentation / guided tour, feel free to contact us.
Youth Education & Training
Youth education and training is an important aspect of what SSCEF does. Through our "Story Behind the UCRRP Project" we offer the ability for students and scouts to better understand nature and its ecosystems. With a variety of service projects, scouts will be able to see how they can make a difference in helping nature. In addition, SSCEF acknowledges youth achievement in conservation, the sciences and outdoor sports at its annual dinner.
This past year, SSCEF was pleased to lecture Ms. Mobley's 7th Grade Science Classes at the Falmouth Academy about the Childs River restoration project. The lecture was followed up a day later by a guided site tour.
SSCEF was also fortunate to have Eagle Scout candidate Ned Heywood design, plan and construct (along with his team) viewing platforms at the restoration site.
SSCEF supports organizations which contribute to the vitality of our community and align with our direction and objectives. Each year, the SSCEF Board selects which organizations it will support
During this fiscal year, SSCEF designated the following organizations to receive gifts - The 300 Committee, Salt Pond Bird Sanctuaries, Friends of Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge, Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod, the National Wild Turkey Federation - Cranberry Country Longbeards, Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, Boy Scouts Troop 42, Ship 40 Sea Scouts, and the Living Observatory.
Personal, Public, & Sporting Safety
SSCEF and the Falmouth Rod & Gun Club are concerned for the well-being of its members and the general public. The Club routinely offers Firearms, and Hunter Safety training. Other areas of instruction and guidance may involve First Aid / CPR, Danger of Ticks, Safe Boating, Canoeing, and Archery.
Membership of both organizations respect life, support the 2nd Amendment, and abide by the Laws & Regulations of responsible gun ownership and use.
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