August spelled the end of the five internships that were offered for the 2013 summer season. Two of the interns, Brent Keninger and Dylan McCartney, finished up their work installing and measuring Continuous Forest Inventory (CFI) plots on the Chateaugay and Connecticut Lakes properties in New York and New Hampshire, respectively. Brent returned to Ackley, Iowa where he plans to pursue joining the US Marine Corps. Dylan, a native upstate New Yorker, was hired by LandVest’s Timberlands Division to continue working on forest inventories on The Forestland Group’s (TFG’s) northern forest holdings.
Two interns who had been installing and measuring CFI plots in TFG’s Southern Region, William Stroud and Kyle Fabbro, will pursue graduate degrees. Will is currently an MEM/MF joint degree student at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Kyle is a Master of Forest Resources and Conservation student at the University of Florida’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation. He will be supervised by Professor Eric Jokela while working on Eucalyptus plantations. The interns’ work on the Lumber River, Hurricane Creek, and Bailey properties will bear fruit for many years to come in the form of long-term benchmark data.
Erik Romstad spent the summer on TFG’s Bishop property in Michigan, primarily working on a research project in the footprint of 2012’s Duck Lake Fire. Erik anchored the field-data collection component of Dr. Kristen Waring’s project titled: Immediate post-fire conditions and response to the Wallow fire, eastern Arizona and the Duck Lake fire, northern Michigan. The project, which also involves researchers from Michigan Tech’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, aims to assess the status and extent of regeneration in the Duck Lake fire area by fire severity and to predict future stocking levels and timber growth. In addition, Erik occasionally pitched in on other ongoing invasive-species control projects on the Bishop property. He has returned to Michigan Tech to complete his Master’s degree in Forestry.
Thank you to the 2013 interns for their commitment and hard work, and to TFG’s Matt Sampson, Joe Schwartz, and Dave Fehringer for the supervision and instruction of the interns, resulting in a safe and productive season.