"You can not do a kindness too soon for you never know when it will be too late"
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
So like the majority of people who work for the Forest Service, my job
is seasonal. This has to do with the federal budget not allocating
enough money to pay people for the entire year but is also due to the
fact that many of the places I patrol are under snow for the other half
the year and rather inaccessible and visitation is very low compared to summer time. So here's an ode to ranger related
work I did this off-season.
good friend Robin is working on her master's thesis and her field
experiment has to do with testing a method of controlling an invasive
plant called Sesbania without herbicide. I went with her a few times to
help out, her test sites are along the San Joaquin river. We counted and
measured the plants on the test plots where they were growing back. We
also collected and counted seeds in the soil
around the plants.
|Robin carrying the soil sieve she made for us to sift seeds|
|one of the sesbania plants|
|this is after we dug out the area around it to sift for seeds|
I also had some contract work for GirlVentures
which is an awesome organization that leads outdoor adventure/education trips for middle school girls. I got to help girls learn to rock climb and lead them in team-building, confidence building and outdoor ethics activities. In addition to those things I also spent some time helping friends with their own projects...hanging dry wall for a friend's home improvement project and weeding and cleaning another friend's home. I like to be productive and since I'm not always great at socializing it helps me with anxiety. Of course there was plenty of time spent climbing, hiking and backpacking too!