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In the Field with the 2017 Conservation Interns

July 5, 2017

Last week, we wrapped up our fifth year of the Harris Center-Keene State College conservation internship program, a two-month summer internship experience for undergraduate students in the Environmental Studies Department at Keene State College (KSC).

Under the guidance of Harris Center staff and KSC professor Karen Seaver, four outstanding undergraduate interns − Courtney Dillon, Mickayla Johnston, Mark Landolina, and Anthony Oatley − assisted with many facets of the Harris Center’s diverse conservation work.

The 2017 KSC Conservation Interns (l-r): Mickayla Johnston, Courtney Dillon, Mark Landolina, and Anthony Oatley

The 2017 KSC Conservation Interns (l-r): Mickayla Johnston, Courtney Dillon, Mark Landolina, and Anthony Oatley

The 2017 KSC conservation interns survey a road-stream crossing adjacent to Harris Center-protected land. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

The 2017 KSC conservation interns survey a road-stream crossing adjacent to Harris Center-protected land. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Together, the team surveyed 24 forest community inventory plots, collected data on 45 road-stream crossings, documented 28 new vernal pools, surveyed and pulled hundreds of invasive plants, worked on several Harris Center trails, and assisted with educational events, among other tasks.

“Not a day went by where we didn’t learn something new,” said Anthony.