Meet the 2022 Interns
June 27, 2022
We are thrilled to introduce this year’s MLT conservation interns! Khalil and Mia are joining the MLT team for 10 weeks this summer. They will participate in trail building, habitat stewardship, salmon habitat enhancement projects and get a taste of what is involved with documenting conservation values of potential project sites and the application process for a variety of grants.
Khalil is a student at Reed College majoring in environmental studies. He grew up in Berkeley, California. His interests include conservation science, ecological restoration, land use policy, and global food systems. Khalil has worked for several nonprofits in the Portland area doing outdoor/garden education in low-income schools. Khalil is this year’s Paul Siegel Conservation Internship recipient. We thank Paul and other supporters for funding opportunities that equip the next generation for conservation work.
Mia studies Environmental Studies and Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Her family has lived on the Mendocino Coast for several generations. Although Mia grew up in the Bay Area, she has of course visited Mendocino County frequently. She says: “As I’ve grown up coming here, I’ve watched the county grow and change and I’ve realized the importance of conserving the coast for the health and safety of the existing ecosystems and community. The surrounding environment is such a significant part of the culture of the Mendocino coast, and I believe that the Mendocino Land Trust’s goals are a keystone part of preserving that culture and uplifting the local community. It is an honor to have a hand in fostering and continuing that relationship with the coast and the people who reside here.”
Interns, staff, board and few family members got to know each other with a campout on the Eel River during the interns’ first week on the job.