SOU and NPS work together
By Ellie Corso
SOU collaborates with the National Park Service. It’s the makings of a beautiful friendship, complete with benefits for students.
The NPS and SOU began their partnership five years ago under the Pacific Northwest Cooperative Ecosystem.
Greg Jones of the environmental studies department manages two task agreements based on biogeography ecosystems and geographical information systems.
“We’re right in the middle of many very prominent national parks, so it was the ideal location for the corporative agreement to occur,” said Jones.
“We really felt the region didn’t know that SOU had very interesting, profitable research relationships. We wanted to make sure that the word got out,” Jones said.
Jones thinks that this will bring up a lot of opportunities in terms of practicum, internships and capstone experiences. Without having a relationship with the National Park Services, SOU would be unable to have this experience.
Daniel Staar, Klamath Network Monitoring Coordinator, is also a part of the collaboration agreements.
“Hopefully, it will increasingly be that there is an ability to potentially do internships or work in parks. We will also be available to service guest lectures for students and to teach them what it is like to work in a park service,” Staar said.
Staar brought up that there were a lot of activities going on and how students were involved in an interruptive newsletter, the main web page and various other projects. One project included students who worked on the wetlands inventory in Crater Lake.
“We can’t do it all on our own; we want to do it in partnerships,” said Staar.
“I would think that for students who are contemplating environmental careers, [they] would be interested in potentially working with the parks, getting internships with the parks and to get some real work experience,” Staar said.
The Klamath Network is comprised of six NPS units – Crater Lake National Park, Lava Beds National Monument, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Oregon Caves National Monument, Redwood National and States Parks, and Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.
“It’s very important to have these kind of relationships whether they be on campus or off campus. Those are the kinds of things we need to provide vehicles for students, to have experience because that’s what ends up giving them insights for what they can do with their career and potential job opportunities for down the road,” Jones said.
February 28, 2009
SOU and NPS Join Forces
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