During the summer of 2010, I had the opportunity to work as a forest resource management intern at the Eminence Forest District office. MDC internships give college students an opportunity to be introduced to the Department and to gain valuable experience outside of the classroom. As an intern I carried out routine forestry tasks such as inventory and timber sale and administration. Inventory is essentially measuring forests to determine, among other things, the volume of wood and overall health of the forest. This data is used to make forest management decisions. Timber sale/administration is the ongoing process of ensuring that our forest resources are utilized in a sustainable manner and that loggers are harvesting timber in a responsible way with minimal impact to the land.
In addition, throughout the internship I was able to help with a wide variety of projects within the Current River District including trapping and banding mourning doves for an interagency migration study, teaching an archery clinic for Cub Scouts and marking a timber stand improvement project for a landowner. I was also able to help measure the new state champion shortleaf pine, Missouri’s only native pine species.
This internship has given me both valuable experience in forestry and the satisfaction that the work I did over this summer helped the Missouri Department of Conservation achieve its mission of wisely managing the state’s natural resources.
A forest management internship is again available at Eminence for the summer of 2011. Call or e-mail Resource Forester Michael Bill for more information.