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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - GIla Wilderness, Silver City, New Mexico, USA

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GIla Wilderness, Silver City, New Mexico, USA
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Registered: November 2012
City/Town/Province: Silver City
Posts: 1
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I live on 420 acres in the Mimbres Valley of southwestern New Mexico in an intentional community where my parents along with fifty other members are stewards of hot springs and approximately 400 acres that have remained a wildlife sanctuary. Through this experience I gained a lot of teachers. From the pink and white lotuses that bloom in the lower pond I came to appreciate the warmth in pink petals and light beaming from white ones. From the hills that surround me, I learned that life is hard, but the challenge is worth it, especially when you rise to the top. As a freshman in high school, I took Environmental Science of the Gila. I have been interested in science and the environment ever since. We live at the gateway to the Gila Wilderness, the first wilderness area in the United States, which has become my classroom over the years.
During second semester of freshman year I won the chance to attend a peace conference at United World College in Montezuma, NM called “Ethical Solutions to Environmental Classism” where I learned about globalization and its impact on the environment. For three semesters I have worked with Youth Conservation Corps Forest Monitors where we study the impact of current forestry practices at various sites in Grant county. Our crew decided that these lessons should be taught to underclassmen and we decided to organize an orientation for freshmen about water quality, forestry, and fire ecology. We set up stations along the Gila River to teach hands-on lessons about macroinvertebrates, flow rate calculations, and oxygen content and turbidity of the river. We created a set of pamphlets and an activity about plant identification for our teachers to use on orientation backpack trips. And before the school year is out we want to educate students about fire ecology.
The Gila River is essential. Eighty percent of our area’s plant and animal species reside in this riparian area. The more students know about taking care of the river, the more likely they will take care of it as adults. This project has made me more responsible. I learned that it is not really valuable to know something unless you pass the knowledge on. What I plan to study in college is marine biology, film, and leadership. I want to learn about steps I can take to become a leader in conservation.

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· Date: November 28, 2012 · Views: 2093 · File size: 22.3kb, 3117.3kb · : 4288 x 3216 ·
Hours Volunteered: 75
Volunteers: 5
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 16 & 14 to 17
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