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Ryan Pietrzyk

Ryan Pietrzyk

Forestry Intern (2019)

Participating in the Summer Forestry Internship program has been the highlight of my year. Attending forestry school in the Adirondack Park is considerably different than the Great Mountain Forest when comparing landscapes but both are beautiful and unique in their own right.

I have had an interest in the field of forestry since graduating high school; this program allowed me to narrow my career interests in what is a very diverse field. The mentor of the program, Jody Bronson, was friendly, inspiring, and helpful throughout the internship. He encouraged me to work my hardest while providing me with pertinent career skills and information along the way. During the program I learned many new skills, like the proper way to stack firewood, maintain roads and recreational trails, use a mini-excavator to replace culverts, and mark timber along with many other projects. My favorite part of this summer was a ride-along with DEEP Econ officer Ed Norton, learning the ropes and the day to day tasks of an Environmental Conservation Officer was awesome. This internship showed me the plethora of options one can submerse themselves in the field of forestry.

As I head back to SUNY ESF to complete to two more years of college, I can officially say I have a clear vision of my career goals from the skills and knowledge acquired during this internship. Upon graduation my goal is to pursue a career in Conservation Law Enforcement or become a Forester in the Northeast.

Thank you, Jody Bronson, Russell Russ, Jean Bronson, the Board of Trustees and donors for all that you do for the Great Mountain Forest and the Summer Forestry Internship program; it was truly an amazing thirteen weeks.

Ryan Pietrzyk
Forestry Student, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry

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