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Forest Project Summer Collaborative XXX: Week 3

This post from the third  week of the internship is the collective report of the Forest Project Summer Collaborative’s newly formed “Social Media Team”. Irene, Yuna and Yura are high school 11th graders; Camilla and Erica are 10th graders.

Time flies when you’re having fun. It’s already been four weeks since the Forest Project Summer Collaborative 2010 began!

This week, all four groups started their trailwork. This involved a few steps—first, the interns went log hunting in Riverdale Park, then gathered rocks, and then made trenches for the logs with axe mattocks and shovels. After sawing the logs, they were embedded them in the soil, carefully and meticulously, so that they would be compacted in the soil.

This was possible with the help of one of this week’s special guests. Marty, pictured here, is an expert in erosion control, especially in meadows. From this experience, members were able to learn the importance of the effects and the benefits of trail bars, water bars, and erosion control in general.

On Wednesday, as on every other Wednesday, Corinne prepared an exciting jeopardy game for the Plant Science students, in order to help them study for their weekly tests. Every week before the game, they get an hour of study, which is very helpful. This week, more than any other week, our students were eager to win the new, fascinating prize—the Taxidermy Trout. After an intense game, Debbie’s crew managed to win the prize, and named it “Troutilla Barry Manilow II.”

This week was also one full of excitement and trips. Forest Project was given the amazing opportunity to visit Teatown lake Reservation in Ossining, New York, on Tuesday. Forest Project interns had fun canoeing in the pond and removing the invasive species water chestnuts. They also got to see other forest environments and observe how the members of Teatown worked with their ecological restoration. It was a truly fun experience, especially because the work involved the canoeing, something which many had never done before. The next trip that Forest Project is planning is on Friday, when interns will go to Greenpoint, Brooklyn, to visit Eagle Street, a rooftop farm. The interns are very excited to see this “growing” trend. They will also get a tour of Newtown Creek in Brooklyn. This creek has been undergoing a restoration, so visiting the site will hopefully give Forest Project more insights on transforming spaces. Also, there is an artist, George Trakas, who is leading this restoration, and this is one of the projects in the exhibition that just opened here in Wave Hill’s Glyndor Gallery.

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