I am a board member, operations director, and funding coordinator for the Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organized by the Cumberland Valley Trout Unlimited chapter. The week-long summer camp for 24 high school students from across the country features collegiate-level lectures about every facet of cold-water conservation, including:
- Riparian buffers.
- Water quality.
- Land use.
- Stream restoration.
- And more.
Students also learn to fly fish in a classroom setting and get to fish with mentors twice a day. I volunteer for the full week of camp, and this year, I will teach the watersheds class for the third year.
I am a proud graduate of this camp. My experience there sparked my interest in a career in stream restoration, and it is the reason I am at Gannett Fleming today. Many graduates become community leaders and have successful careers in biology, engineering, and environmental science.
I am also the vice president of the Codorus chapter of Trout Unlimited and a board member of the Watershed Alliance of York.