Summer intern makes her mark at San Isabel

San Isabel Land Protection Trust this summer has enjoyed the hard work and energetic personality of stewardship intern Veronica Travers. 

Veronica, a rising senior at Colorado State University majoring in Natural Resources Management, jumped right in to help monitor more than 20 of our 133 protected properties.

Among the diverse jobs she took on:

  • Identifying plants and weed management strategies for conservation easement properties.
  • Helping to maintain The Bluff Park in Westcliffe.
  • Helping coordinate environmental education sessions for the Mile High Youth Corps working at Duckett Creek Ranch. Veronica led a session on how to identify native and nonnative plants.
  • Attending Arkansas Water Basin Roundtable meetings.
  • Helping with the weed management volunteer day at Billington Ranch, one of our protected properties burned in last fall’s Junkins Fire.
  • Helping plan water education activities for our partnership with the Salida Water Festival and the Foodshed Alliance Farmers Market to be held Aug. 26 in Salida.
  • Entering monitoring reports and photos into our database system.

"The diverse opportunities that I have had throughout this internship have pushed me out of my comfort zone, fostered the formation of many great relationships, and provided exposure to various potential career avenues,” Veronica says. “It has been a wonderful growing experience that I am extremely grateful for. Thank you for welcoming me into the San Isabel community!"

Veronica’s San Isabel experience adds to her long list of achievements and activities. They include National Outdoor Leadership School in Alaska, traveling across Argentina with a CSU team to summit the highest active volcano in the world, Ojos Del Salado, and Wilderness First Responder training. She earned an outstanding research award from the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability for her presentation on using microbes to restore a fire damaged area.

Thank you, Veronica, for all your hard work!

Janet Smith

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  • “Because San Isabel is pro-agriculture, we were able to work closely with them to craft the contract we felt comfortable with. It allows us to capture revenue off the land while still living on it and maintaining full autonomy of ownership.”

    – Elin Parker Ganschow, Music Meadows Ranch and Sangres Best