The Value of Interns
Interns contribute greatly to the Preserve's knowledge about the land and ability to protect and manage it. At the same time, today's interns expand their knowledge and skills--a critical element to becoming tomorrow's conservation experts and leaders. Below is information on the accomplishments of our most recent interns. For complete lists of past projects, see the Scheuer Land Management and Schaefer Research intern lists.
In 2016, intern Jamie R. Argueta, Jr. will be working on the Mountains Transforming Youth project. This project was created to develop the framework for a potential future program at Mohonk Preserve targeting at-risk youth from the city of Newburgh. The program will identify adolescents who are facing school disciplinary action which often preceeds criminal involvement and engage these youths in a wilderness-based program at the Mohonk Preserve to help reframe their personal and world view and shape a more positive future.
The 2016 Scheuer Intern, Yannick Sherenco of Stony Brook Univeristy will work to build a comprehensive inventory of the Preserve's trail system and signage, which will better visitor experience at the Preserve and help our staff locate visitors in need of assistance and/or during an emergency.
2016 Schaefer Interns, David Chernack (returning for his second year) and Allison Laubach will collaborate on a project assessing vegitation and habitat in the Mohonk Preserve Foothills. David will also continue his work with grassland birds in the Mohonk Preserve Foothills near Brook Farm and Pine Farm and Allison will study the quality of waterways on the Preserve.
The 2013 Schaefer Interns, Fiona Robins (returning for her second year), and Clara Wilkinson, a sustainable development major at University of St Andrews, Scotland, worked together with the new Sarro intern Brittni Troy, a general science major at Mount Saint Mary College to categorize and map forest habitats on the Preserve. Their work will be used by land managers to identify areas in greater need of protection and stewardship on the ridge.
The 2012 Scheuer Intern, Annika Beard (standing), an environmental science major at SUNY Oneonta, studied impacts to trails and provided recommendations on visitor management that will guide the Preserve in its protection of trail resources. The 2012 Schaefer Interns, Fiona Robins, a biology major at Bates College, and Matthew Ruis, an environmental science and biology major at Marist College, worked together with staff at the Mohonk Preserve’s Daniel Smiley Research Center to inventory species during the 2012 Testimonial Gateway BioBlitz, surveyed and analyzed forest change in the 1978 and 1979 prescribed burn vegetation plots, and monitored trail change throughout the Preserve.The 2011 Scheuer intern, Dana Havas, an engineering major at SUNY Ulster, worked with the Preserve’s land protection and stewardship departments. In addition to conducting boundary line inspections, Dana developed a design standards manual and shop drawings for trailhead structures.