LCC Welcomes Laura Pratt

Laura Pratt, LCC’s newest ECO AmeriCorps Education & Outreach Coordinator, searches for the invasive Asian clam at Burlington’s Blanchard Beach. Photo by Alexa Hachigian.

Laura Pratt is LCC’s newest ECO AmeriCorps Education & Outreach Coordinator. She joined LCC in September and picks up on the service of Dominic Brennan and Daniel Denora who preceded her in the eleven-month position. Recently arrived from Minnesota, Laura is excited to spend several seasons in the Lake Champlain watershed. She has always appreciated being around water, having paddled many summers through the Boundary Waters – a chain of lakes and portages between Minnesota and Canada. During college she spent a summer in the Conservation Corps, where she cut down acres of invasive buckthorn, restored hiking trails, and enjoyed a life outdoors.

After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in writing and art in the spring of 2017, Laura decided to spend the next year in the National Civilian Community Corps. During her tenure she and her team joined disaster response efforts in the wake of the 2017 hurricane season. Through the hands-on work she learned not only about the importance of preparing for the effects of climate change on natural disasters, but also the need to build strong communities to withstand them.

Laura is looking forward to serving with the Lake Champlain Committee this year, where she will keep busy organizing outreach events like April Stools Day, writing natural history articles, and assisting with volunteer efforts to monitor the lake for cyanobacteria and aquatic invasive species. Click here to read about how she spent part of her summer “Raising the Migration”.