During the crazy 2020 COVID summer, many undergraduates found themselves without meaningful employment. The TREE Foundation was thrilled to host four college interns, who worked tirelessly on diverse projects which contributed to local and global forest conservation. Their talents collectively helped to ramp up a new program, Mission Green, to sponsor ten canopy walkways in the highest biodiversity forests of the world, providing stewardship from a unique combination of education, economy and ecology. Mission Green not only creates education and research sites for future students, but will provide employment to indigenous people from ecotourism instead of logging. This entire program had its genesis with the construction of the Williams College canopy walkway in 1991 (the first one in North America), and followed up in 1999 by the first public canopy walkway in Myakka State Park outside Sarasota, Florida. These two models are now deployed around the world for application to conservation and environmental justice.
Students will present short summaries of their findings in this special webinar.
Eva Castagna, Williams College
Lilia Robinowitz, Williams College
Evan Wright, Williams College
Merry Moore, University of Southern California