Summer as a Master of Forestry Student
The Master of Forestry (MF) degree trains students for professional careers in forest resource policy and management, and prepares them to work in the private, government, and non-profit sectors. Students spend the summer in between their first and second years at F&ES completing internships in the field, gaining experience and learning to be leaders in forest management. Below are a few of their stories from summer 2015.
Yoni Glogower: Great Mountain, CT
Yoni spent this summer creating a field book characterizing the natural and human history of the Great Mountain Forest in Northwestern Connecticut. Using historical maps and land inventories, Yoni interpreted interesting sites, comparing forest compositions, land use histories, and unique natural communities, like lichen-covered balds, bogs, and wildflower-covered talus slopes. Yoni is completing a handbook guide for the Great Mountain Forest, combining the research he conducted through interviews, published literature, fieldwork, and historical accounts of the region.
Jazmine Da Costa: Seattle, WA
Jazmine worked as a conservation intern for Forterra, a land trust in Seattle. During her internship, Jazmine created a management plan which incorporated preservation strategies for wildlife, recreation, and sustainable harvest for 700+ acres of property being bought by a timber company. She also spent time completing extensive research on mineral rights, as well as wrote a blog post about environmental services provided by mosaic forest and agricultural landscapes.
Elias Kohn: New Haven, CT
Elias worked for the New Haven Land Trust, a local non-profit that engages New Haven groups to participate in environmental stewardship and community gardening. For one of his projects, Elias worked with children in the Truman Street Community Garden to plant a perennial orchard. The trees they planted bring both environmental and educational benefits: while they sequester carbon from the atmosphere, provide tree cover, and diminish soil disruption, the trees also help children understand more about plants, such as the benefits of grafting, the advantages of growing food locally, and differences in plant propagation strategies.