Dates: May 19, 2010 - November 26, 2010 Project Leader: Calicoe Richir 208-608-6327 email@example.com 67 Ranger Drive Asheville, NC 28805
I am blessed to have the opportunity to continue to strive in the Mountains of North Carolina along the amazingly beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway.
During the last three months I have been working for the Pisgah National Forest as an intern for Developed Recreational Management with the US Forest Service. During that time I have come to enjoy this picturesque mountainous natural world.
At the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, I graduated with a BS degree in Environmental Science with Emphasis in Geology. My past work experience includes water and soil conservation labor as a field specialist, civil engineering, and participating in volunteer work as a lead volunteer for Island Ford National Park. During my free time I enjoy spending time hiking, mountain biking, and cooking in my kitchen for friends and family.
It is my expectation to expand on my comprehension of plant Identification, fortify my leadership management, and to multiply my networking connections in the National Park service. I plan to pursue a future with the United States Forest Service or the National Park service in resource management.
We thought we would write a blurb that outline a typical work day.
Our day usually begins at 7 am. After discussing the location where we will be working, we load up our gear into our Ford F250 named Bula and drive to our site. The gear typically includes loppers, hand saws, and herbicide. Additional equipment can include chainsaws, hedge trimmers, and chaps. If we are cutting trees or large vines we will use 25% Accord herbicide in spray bottles. This kills the roots of the plant when it gets sucked down as a seal forms. In the sites we work in we have observed many stumps that have sent out new shoots. This can be the result of not treating a stump once the top has been cut off. We also have used a 3% mix of Accord when foliar spraying. This involves filling up backpack sprayers with about 3 gallons of herbicide and covering at least 80% of the leaf surfaces. The herbicide will be taken into the leaves and kill by acting as a plant estrogen. It takes a week or more to see results; however upon revisiting our first site at Bull Mountain we were able to see our hard work paying off.
After loading up and getting to our site, we walk in our gear and decide our plan of action. We have rotating duties every week. We have a Hitch Leader who will lay out how we are executing the plan for the day, the Notebook keeper who records what we do and how much herbicide we use, a PPE (personal protection equipment) police, and a Medic who is in charge of the first aid kit.
After stating our plan of action we will proceed to start killing some plants until noon. After lunch we are back in the field and work until 4 pm, when we pack up the equipment and head back to the office. At the office we unload and so ends our work day.
Christina is the Floridian of the crew. After turning 18 she immediately fled to beautiful Tampa, FL for her undergrad at the University of South Florida. After first trying her hands a Marine and Microbiology she settled and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Policy. After graduation she was honored for Community Support from Junior Achievement for work with USF’s Botanical Gardens for student water and resource conservation. She also was one of few to have a government job out of college then one of many who later were laid off due to funding. She humbly moved home to Orlando where she had the chance to work with and care for the nations majestic Bald Eagle at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, along with a number of other raptor species. Looking to further a career in Ecological Restoration and Wildlife Management, she stumbled upon the Student Conservation Association. There she found herself with the Southeast Exotic Plant Management Team in Asheville, NC working with invasive species removal from the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Hello. My name is Danny Stewart. I have been working on invasive plants for the past year and have grown to hate them with a passion! I’ve been in the Southeast working 18 National Parks in six states including North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. It has been an awesome experience. I now have a class A chainsaw certification, ATV training, herbicide applicators license, CPR, wilderness first aid certification, and more. I was landscaping for two years prior to this internship and now realize I shouldn’t have planted all those boxwoods and crate myrtles. Before landscaping I was the manager of Dairy Queen in Asheville, NC for three years, a very forgettable experience. I am much happier working outside throwing chainsaws around killing everything in sight. I went to high school in Pittsboro, NC. I graduated in 2004 and went off to Guilford College in Greensboro, NC on a soccer scholarship. After my first year I realized school was not for me so I moved to Asheville to figure my life out. I love to camp, hike, and fish. Really anything outdoors is enjoyable for me. I play a variety of sports, soccer being my favorite. I also play basketball, baseball, football, volleyball, and tennis. I look forward to working on the Blue Ridge Parkway trying to clean it up because I spend a lot of time hiking on it. This summer I hope to visit every waterfall in the general area. I love jumping into some freezing cold river water! That’s about it for today. PLANT NATIVE!!!!!!!
Hello. My name is Anna Weesies. I am a recent graduate of Michigan State University with a BS in Zoology, concentrating in ecology, evolution, and organismal biology. I joined SCA following a recommendation from a friend who had already completed an internship through this organization. This summer I will be working with the SE Exotic Plant Management Team eradicating invasive plants from 16 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Originally from Holland, MI, I am used to a completely different landscape. I am excited to be living in a different area of the country, especially an area with mountains. I really enjoy being outdoors, whether it be hiking, biking, kayaking, or fishing. This internship will be a learning experience for me, never having worked with plants before.
Hello. My name is Paul Neville. I am an energetic young man from New Jersey with a passion for life. I recently graduated from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Ecology and Natural Resources and a Certificate in Environmental Geomatics (GIS). I love plants, animals, people, and other beautiful things.
My current position with the SCA is a perfect fit for me. I love doing physical work outdoors, and I take great satisfaction in doing positive things for the environment. Also, the practical training and leadership experience I gain on the job will set me up nicely for future employment. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity.
North Carolina is beautiful and Asheville is a really cool place to be. Give us a ring if you are in the area. :-)
This is my first year working with the SCA as a project leader and I am pleased to be located in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. The last time I was here was for an extended backpack on the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Erwin, Tennessee.
I have a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. My first environmental project was in Oregon on urban Lake Oswego, dealing with water quality issues and invasive plants. From there I moved into outdoor programs with the Boy Scouts of America in Portland, OR and additionally, led adventure trips for young adults in backpacking, rock-climbing, horse-back riding, and kayaking.
Not one to stay put for too long, I moved back to my home state of Virginia a little over a year ago and have been working on a family-owned farm ever since. Now I am back on the road, to tackle invasive plants on the Blue Ridge Parkway along the Asheville corridor.
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