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LEAF Journal

LEAF interns Briani Boyd, Melanie Cruz and Christina Smythe take a hike in the Potomac Gorge.

Christina helps blaze a trail for preserve visitors.

Marek Smith, program director and head chef, welcomes LEAF to the Allegheny Highlands by cooking wild-blueberry pancakes at Warm Springs Mountain.

The LEAF interns get to use the tools of the trade for sampling aquatic creatures.

Melanie and Marek search for aquatic creatures in the Cowpasture River.

"Did we get anything?" Christina and Melanie check the net.

Briani and Christina share some laughs in the Cowpasture.

Cowpasture River Preservation Association members help the interns identify their finds.

After lunch, the interns tour Coursey Springs State Fish Hatchery and help feed the trout.

Marek explains conservation easements and introduces the interns to heritage-breed red poll cattle at Berriedale Farm.

The interns help Virginia Tech graduate student David Montague collect coyote scat as part of a wildlife-diet study at Warm Springs Mountain.

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