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Happy almost Friday! Everyone sounds like they are having a great time in their internships so far and learning a lot!
I have also been very busy lately with a couple different things. My main focus has been on environmental education training and gearing up for the summer. In the last month I have been lucky enough to attend a Project Learning Tree (PLT) Southeastern…Continue
Added by Hailey Baker on May 7, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments
There has been a lot of learning going on during my first two months of my internship here at the Osceola National Forest in Florida! I have interned with other State and Federal agencies, but this is my first Forest Service internship! I find it interesting learning the ropes of the different agencies on…Continue
Added by Hailey Baker on April 7, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments
This is officially my last week interning in the Washington DC office under Alvi Seda. I have had a blast so far; this summer has exceeded my expectations and has helped me remember why I love conservation work. I have only three days left here in the office and I expect to stay busy and help anyone I can.
Thank you to all those that I met this summer and to those who helped make this a truly unique internship that…Continue
Right now, the crew is sitting in an air-conditioned stage-room-auditorium-esque place. We are listening to a woman who is telling us how to behave in a professional interview. This seems ironic and somewhat comical considering we, the trail crew of Dumbarton Oaks, were pulling invasives out of a swamp at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington DC.
To explain: there is a lily festival tomorrow at the gardens and today's task was to make the gardens presentable for said festival.…Continue
Today turned out to be a really good day. I think my favorite day yet. In the morning, we continued chopping down Tree of Heaven and in the afternoon I worked with Rebecca to free native trees of invasive vines. I really got the hang of taking out invasives like porcelain berry and bittersweet. It was very satisfying when, within a few minutes, I could free a tree of the strangling vines. I'm a little bit sad to be moving on from invasive work, but the crew is really vibing well. …Continue
Added by Rock Creek II on July 19, 2012 at 5:39pm — No Comments
Today we started off by cutting the buds off of invasive thistle that is spreading in Meadow 1, so the seeds wouldn't sprout and spread. We proceeded to cut many little bushes of honeysuckle and place them into piles.
Added by Rock Creek II on July 18, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments
This past weekend I went to Austin for the Outdoor Nation summit. It was nothing like I expected; the room was high energy and everyone there legitimately wanted to do something about getting kids outside and bring conservation work to many areas. I was lucky enough to join a group that happened to come up with an amazing project. We called out project Green BaYou.
The overall goal of Green BaYou is to enable and invest in the Houston communities and to encourage them to get involved…Continue
Today was our first day working with invasive plants. We were joined by SCA's Invasive Crew, along with the President and Executive Director of the Dumbarton Oaks Conservancy, Anne and Rebecca, and a Rock Creek Park invasive plant specialist, Ana.
We learned how to identify bush honeyscukle and linden viburnum (viburnum dilatatum). We worked in the Beech Grove, removing both species. We then moved to the Old Farm Road, and worked on removing bush honeysuckle. After lunch we hiked up…Continue
we went to a garden to evaluate and learned about the place. i enjoy going on a scavenger hunt of different trees that were named after a state. i am happy that our team won. we went to another garden and pick and see different fruits. we made potatoes with the other stuff. the mint plant taste and smell like it ,today was just enjoyable for me.
Added by Arion eric Holmes on July 13, 2012 at 7:36pm — No Comments
Today we went to the Arboretum to evaluate and learn about the place. I enjoyed going on a scavenger hunt of different state's official trees. I am also happy that our team won Capture-the-Flag and Ninja. We went to Washington Youth Garden to pick and see different fruits. We made potatoes with the other stuff. The mint plant tastes and smell like it; today was just enjoyable for…Continue
Added by Rock Creek II on July 13, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments
Today was our last day working on the infamous Montrose Slope. We have put in about 6 water bars/check steps which, recent storms can attest, have helped channel water more precisely to either side of the trail. Today's work included moving several more truck loads of dirt, lots of tamping, countless wheelbarrow-fuls sprinted up the step incline, and half our legs striped from bucket-rim bruises. I'm really proud of the tough work this crew has embraced, even though we were down Lumberjack,…Continue
Added by Rock Creek II on July 12, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments
We started the day by evening the way,
We evened the trail with dirt.
We were sweating water was drunk
And we worked with sweat filled shirts
We moved some dirt,
Our arms did hurt
But our team worked hard
With the sweat on our shirts.
Our team so proud,
We got things done,
We did some activities
The work was so much fun.
Piles of dirt moved in buckets
Resting won't cut it
We worked well in a…
Moved more dirt today. That gets old, but seeing how the trail is getting shaped is satisfying. I really like the crew. As Cody said, we are past the crew honeymoon phase, but we are also working really well together. Doing this trail work makes me excited to get to invasives next week.
Added by Rock Creek II on July 10, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments
Another good day at work. We were reshaping the trail today and put in check steps to stop some of the water from flowing places we don't want. We worked through some people who were talking smack most of the day. But we worked through it as a crew, and it might have even brought us closer.
Finished. The crew is a definite success. Everyone gets along well and works together terrifically. The work was somewhat trivial, but it was fun to saw (the crew has successfully become addicted to bow saws). Heavy lifting through carrying cut logs was a good workout and got the blood flowing. Although our work may be proven futile by the next storm that rolls through, it is nice to see the trail cleared of debris. Day 1: Success. And we're definitely looking forward to the rest of the…Continue
It's week five, so that means I am more than a month into my "Sustainable Journey" here at VCU. What a great experience I am having. Yes I am working. Hahaha But to tell you the truth this kind of work is quite satisfying to me, as I feel like the work I am doing is going to help lessen the impact VCU dining is making on the environment. That means a whole lot to me and I am glad I am in a position to actually help organize, implement, and continuously improve upon green…Continue