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Internship Report - Green Mountain National Forest, United States

From April 18th through August 2nd 2016 (a total of 15 weeks), Tyler Kulfan participated in an internship at Green Mountain National Forest. This position was my third experience as a federal lands ranger, and my first experience working for the U.S. National Forest Service.

The U.S. Forest Service is a federal land management agency within the Department of Agriculture; it oversees land use, conservation, and recreation within designated protected forests. Green Mountain National Forest is one of the largest and most ecologically diverse forested tracts of land within the state of Vermont.

As a Forestry Technician, I worked alongside the recreation, timber, and fish and wildlife crews; my specific tasks were greatly varied and included wildlife surveys (such as eastern newt and common loon field surveys), vernal pond surveys, trout pond stocking, beaver dam surveillance and management, felling of dead or dangerous trees, facility maintenance, patrolling recreational areas, and meeting with recreation and wildlife agencies and non-profits.

During my employment, I also took on a prominent role of leadership as a member of the Sustainability Task Force. As a sustainability representative for the Manchester Forest District, I attended monthly meetings, revised agency sustainability reports, discussed and drafted potential agency improvements (including the installation of solar panels within the national forest), and oversaw a district carbon footprint reduction incentive competition.

All of my experiences with both the National Park Service and National Forest Service have been strongly positive, and Green Mountain National Forest was an exceptional internship experience. I would recommend involvement with both Green Mountain in particular and the NPS and NFS in general for anyone interested in land management, field work, federal agencies, or (especially) spending lots of time outdoors in wild environments.

Text and picture: Tyler Kulfan

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