Yuri Larrabee, 2011, Economics

During my internship this summer, I worked closely alongside the two land stewards at D&R Greenway, Central New Jersey’s Land Trust. I assisted with the stewards’ everyday activities, which mainly consisted of invasive non-native species removal, native plant nursery work, and conservation easement monitoring. During the last 3 weeks of the internship, I was given some time to work on an individual project. I designed a poster on some of the neotropic migratory birds of the Sourlands Mountain region in Central New Jersey. I gave information on 13 of these birds and constructed a post and frame so that hikers and walkers could learn about these birds while walking on one of D&R Greenway’s properties.

The whole internship experience was very rewarding and I learned much about land trusts’ and stewards’ integral role in land preservation and conservation. I also learned the importance of maintaining preserved land through stewardship activities in order to promote and preserve the biodiversity of both flora and fauna.