Wood is Good

Wood is Good

This summer my main project will be making woody debris protocols that can be utilized by citizen scientists. I’m working with current volunteers and engaging in local communities to contribute to the protection of the Cuyahoga River. Woody debris can be classified as a collection of different size tree limbs, trunks, and branches. The debris, or also known as woody features, can have range in size, weight, stability, and location on the river. These several factors are considered when creating protocol and safety procedures for habitats and future visitors. 

In addition to my main project, I will be involved in creating informative materials such as blog post, flyers, and one-on-one engagement to bring public awareness about the woody features and the ecological benefits to the Cuyahoga River. The main things we will highlight is the vital role large woody features have in the river including fish habitat and benthic macroinvertebrates, as well as the influence on sedimentation.   

Beyond my woody debris project, this internship has provided a great opportunity to contribute to other natural resource activities. I can participate in interpretive programs to educate the public about Cuyahoga Valley. I have the chance to assist in wetland bird breeding surveys and shadow different departments to further my knowledge of the ecosystem in the park and the different opportunities provided within the National Park itself. 

This summer is going to be an incredible experience. I look forward to kayaking down the river with the other interns from different programs. Through monitoring woody features, engaging with the public with the interpretation program, conducting surveys and polishing my GIS skills, I will have a well-rounded experience and a ton of fun! 

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