Intern Olivia Baxter a great addition to San Isabel

This summer, San Isabel has enjoyed the hard work and very enjoyable company of stewardship intern Olivia Baxter, a recent graduate of Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability.

 

 

In addition to helping conduct annual visits to our 133 protected properties in four counties, Olivia has helped to improve and simplify use of the GIS technology for monitoring. She has met with local and regional natural resource agency staff, local government representatives, regional coalitions and many landowners to understand and contribute to the conversations around land protection and stewardship in our region. She’s also researched opportunities to enhance visitors’ experience at The Bluff Park and sought out funding for potential projects. (You may even have seen her doing the unpleasant, but necessary work of pulling weeds at The Bluff.) 

“This past May, I emerged from CSU with a solid, but abstract understanding of the relationship between people and natural resources,” Olivia said. “Interning at San Isabel has allowed me to actually work with people on natural resource-related issues, providing me with a more concrete grasp on the relationship between the two. This – coupled with the wonderful people I’ve met during my time here – has made for an invaluable internship experience!”

Kate Spinelli, our Stewardship Director, said, “Olivia’s understanding of the complexities of natural resource management have brought tremendous value to San Isabel’s work. Her willingness to participate, engage in sometimes sensitive dialogue, listen, hear concerns and ask questions have made a lasting impression on many of our landowners and partners. We are pleased that she will bring her knowledge and experience into the field and continue to serve the conservation community in Colorado.”

Thank you, Olivia, for all you’ve done for San Isabel this summer!

Photo caption: Intern Olivia Baxter, left, talks with Aaron Kauffman of Southwest Urban Hydrology, who will be an instructor at an upcoming workshop on Music Meadows Ranch, ranch owner Elin Parker Ganschow and C.J. Runge, Mile High Youth Corps project coordinator. Photo by Kate Spinelli

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  • “We are situated along the Gold Belt National Scenic Byway, where several land trust organizations are involved with protection of lands. San Isabel was extremely well informed. We, and our neighbors, are very pleased with the end result, and the annual monitoring process is unobtrusive. I wish more folks would take the time to learn about the benefits San Isabel offers.”

    – Curt Sorenson, PhD, Fremont County