Hemlock Conservation in the Capital Mohawk PRISM and Warren County

Worksite Location
CCE Saratoga County/ CapMo PRISM
Project Dates
May 24, 2018 - TBD
Faculty Sponsor
Mark Whitmore
Other Campus-Based Mentors/Supervisors
Caroline Marschner, Charlotte Malmborg
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Laurel Gailor, CCE Saratoga
Stipend Amount
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

HWA is an invasive forest pest from Japan that threatens the health of NY's forests by destroying hemlock trees. Hemlocks are the third most common trees in the state and most of those trees are concentrated in the Adirondacks. Due to a recent HWA finding in Warren County in the southern ADK's, it has become more critical to increase the manpower available for early detection efforts. The purpose of this internship would be to ramp up the surveying efforts in the Capital/Mohawk PRISM and northern Warren County to provide early detection of new HWA infestation and enable rapid response to protect both the Capital/Mohawk and the adjoining Adirondack PRISMS from the approaching infestations. The intern(s) would be part of a task force to seek out HWA infestations and provide valuable information about forest health in the eastern part of the state.

Roles and Responsibilities

- Work with the Capital-Mohawk PRISM to surveyfor HWA in the priority regions south of the Adirondacks and Tug Hill, and with Warren County to fill survey gaps near the Prospect Mountain HWA infestation discovered in July 2017. 
- Report on hemlock populations, tree health, and other forest metrics as needed. 
- Support the invasive species programs of the Capital/Mohawk PRISM thought outreach on hemlock conservation and other forest health isssues.
- Report finding to NYS Hemlock Initiative and NY DEC

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

-Interest in environmental science, natural resources, forestry, forest management, land management, environmental studies, invasive species management
-ability to be outside for a prolonged period of time, ability to tolerate harsh weather conditions
- Ability to obtain permission to drive Cornell vehicles (3 years driving experience, clean record: details at http://www.risk.cornell.edu/travel-vehicles/vehicle-use/fleet-vehicles/ ).
-work well with others on a team, be flexible in daily tasks/planning
-previous experience in a natural resources or environmental field is desirable

Benefits and Skills

-Knowledge on forest pests and surveying/mapping procedure
-Firsthand experience with New York's invasive species management programs
-Working as part of a team for environmental organizations
-A deeper understanding of Cooperative Extension's role, strengths and programs