Meet our 2020 Region Conservation Corps!


Hello, I am Ariel Garbuz, but everyone calls me Sophie! I was born and raised in Connecticut. I graduated in May with a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Maine. I want to be on the frontline with those halting environmental degradation.  I spend my time being active; hiking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, camping, biking, and (indoor) rock climbing. When indoors I read and hang out with my cat, Rain, and mouse, Earl. I am so excited to get to know this beautiful area and the passionate LRCC staff! I am looking forward to watching the current trail we are creating evolve and have others admire the beauty just as we have been able to.  I cannot wait for all the things I learn, and to call this exquisite place home.


Hello there! My name is Ben Wymer. Originally from Ohio, I decided to move east here to New Hampshire where I graduated from the University of New Hampshire this spring. Having studied wildlife and conservation biology, I spent the past two summers studying small mammals. I have come to love the culture and diversity of habitats and wildlife here. In a way of giving back, I hope to promote the conservation of the Squam watershed by assisting the Squam Lakes Conservation Society with their stewardship of conserved properties around the watershed. By maintaining trail systems, we hope to decrease the erosion of soils, thereby decreasing the sediment load that is deposited in Squam Lake. Thus, we can help to improve the water quality in the lakes. Additionally, our monitoring of trees and terrestrial ecosystems gives light to management techniques that ensure healthy and productive forests.