Here LEAF interns Vincent, Gregory, Alex and Brandon learn about our Ellsworth Creek Preserve with forest manager Kyle Smith (far left).
Alex and Vincent getting used to the coastal weather at Ellsworth Creek Preserve! Summer on the coast means the interns didn’t see much sun during their two-week stay.
The interns spent some time on the beach for a Tsunami debris beach cleanup and also during weekend recreation activities.
Part of being a LEAF intern is learning to live without technology, cooking your own meals and doing your own cleaning and laundry. The interns spent their evenings playing card games after a long day of work.
Interns trekked through the woods of the Washington coast as they completed many restoration activities, from tree planting to pulling invasive weeds and some very early morning bird surveys.
Enjoying the old growth at Ellsworth as part of orientation day. Interns also visited neighboring Willapa Bay Refuge and met staff from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Restoration work in action! Brandon is seen here pulling invasives. Interns work seven-hour days for four weeks over the summer.
The interns took a day hike up Saddle Mountain. Greg says he “never thought he could get up that high but it was a really great experience” and they were victorious!
We joined the Grassroots Garbage Gang on a beach cleanup to remove Tsunami debris coming in from Japan at Long Beach, Washington. The interns filled bags and bags of Styrofoam and trash.
Alex, Greg, Vincent and Brandon hard at work cleaning up Long Beach on the Washington coast. The interns have completed the first two weeks of their internship and are now forging on to eastern Washington, a very different landscape.
The Nature Conservancy in Washington
A photo update on what the LEAF interns have been working on.