Susquehanna, 正规外围买球app Partner for Workforce Development
Selinsgrove, 萨斯奎哈纳大学, in cooperation with the 正规外围买球app, has launched a workforce development program that will prepare college students for careers in conservation.
今年夏天, four Susquehanna University students will be trained and certified as herbicide applicators to manage invasive plant species within watershed restoration sites. They also will work with regional partner organizations to learn about their programs, install restoration structures and plant trees, and attend weekly professional development workshops hosted by Susquehanna.
马特·威尔逊, director of Susquehanna’s Center for Environmental Education and Research and Freshwater Research Institute, said plans are to pilot the program this summer and then increase efforts moving forward.
“We will teach undergraduate students the skills they will need as habitat restoration specialists while they simultaneously conduct much-needed maintenance work on 50 acres of existing restoration sites, where our partner organizations are in real need of help,威尔逊说. “Most of the places where we add fencing and plant trees are on farms where invasive species are common. We need to do something to keep that growth at bay until the newly planted trees are mature.”
The law requires anyone who applies or supervises the application of certain pesticides to be certified in accordance with EPA regulations and state laws. 认证包括笔试, 以及萨斯奎哈纳的学生, it will also include a week of hands-on experience and several check-ins throughout the summer with their course instructor.
“As conservation efforts grow in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, workforce capacity is an emerging barrier to achieving tree canopy, 河岸森林缓冲带, and climate resilience goals outlined in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan,” said 正规外围买球app Program Manager Adrienne Gemberling. “许多地方和州政府, 环境咨询公司, and nonprofits throughout the watershed have had difficulty filling entry-level positions to keep up with the pace of new conservation funding and accelerating landowner willingness. The certification that this program awards is one that is in high demand for restoration work.”
In addition to their herbicide certification, students will learn about assessment and monitoring methods for stream health. One of the first workforce development trainings will focus on habitat assessment, which provides crucial data that DEP uses to add or remove a stream from the impaired list.
“We have been fortunate to partner with Susquehanna University and the 正规外围买球app on many restoration projects and stream monitoring sites,萨凡纳·罗兹说, watershed specialist with the Union County Conservation District. “The major hurdle we face is a lack of technical assistance — there simply aren’t enough agencies with the 要求 skills to design and implement the work. Programs designed to train and certify future employees are integral to our ability to maintain, complete and take on new conservation projects moving forward.”
“As we act to address a changing climate and restore forests, cultivating the next generation of stewards are a big part of the solution,” Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. “我们需要所有能得到的帮助, so the department applauds and supports this new effort to engage young people in conservation work.”
Susquehanna and the Conservancy have collaborated over the years to support research, 教育, restoration and advocacy to improve the ecological health of the regional watershed and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. 3月, Susquehanna and the Conservancy formalized their ongoing relationship through an agreement that ensures the organizations’ continued cooperation on restoration projects within the Susquehanna River watershed.