Mosaic in the Mosaic Park

Mosaic in the Mosaic Park

Hello everyone! My name is Ray Jalbert, I am excited to say that I have the chance to be a Natural Resource Management Assistant with Cuyahoga Valley National Park for this summer and fall. I have a Bachelors of Science in wildlife ecology, and through out my undergrad and career I have been able to gain experience working with various animals (most of which were aerial to some degree), one of my favorite aspects of this career field is how interdisciplinary and multifaceted it is. This is one of the many reasons I wanted to work in this current position (don’t worry, I’ll get into my project and side quests in the next blog).

Growing up I did not have the opportunity to visit many National Parks since I grew up in New England. My family occasionally made the trek up to Acadia National Park. However, growing up I learned the value of all public lands that are accessible for everyone. I do believe that it is a resource that should be made available to everyone who desires it. This is why I align so much with the National Park Service and why I want to work on preserving and conserving public lands and the organisms that exist on them.

Many of us when we think about National Parks we think of ones such as Zion, Yosemite, Yellowstone…all the big western National Parks. With all of those parks we tend to find that they are fairly (or extremely) rural. Cuyahoga Valley National Park is very nontraditional, the park itself is often described as a mosaic. The park has various types of easements (such as rental venues, and farms), metro parks within the national park, and private residential living. I was pleasantly surprised at the surrounding environment of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, it has a balance of both rural and urban aspects that many of us typically enjoy. There are areas in the park where you can be completely secluded from others and then there are areas such as the Cuyahoga Scenic Railway that allows visitors to travel and see the park via train and runs through the village. I am extremely grateful and excited to be able to experience this area in the summer and fall!

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