Special Events and Stories of Note


Charlestown Land Trust Intern

The Rhode Island Land Trust Council received an ESRI Conservation Program Grant that provides ESRI Geographic Information System (GIS) software products for the use of council led environmental conservation initiatives. Through this program we have met our intern and TerraCorps member, Eric Wuesthoff. He has worked hard to digitize all our property boundaries, including the parcels with conservation easements. This will assist us in monitoring the properties we protect. He is also training land trust staff and volunteers to use the technology. We have been so fortunate to have his skill set, sense of humor and patience in training. What a gift for the Charlestown Land Trust!

Eric Wuesthoff lives in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in May 2019 with B.S. in Natural Resources Conservation. One of the highlights of his time at UMass was the opportunity to spend a summer researching the ecology of lemurs in Madagascar. After graduation, he worked as a research assistant in South Africa studying monkey behavior. He cares deeply about managing wild spaces and making them accessible to a wide range of community members. In his spare time, he loves going on hikes, reading, and finding new shows to binge. For his TerraCorps service year, he is working as the Land Stewardship Coordinator with the Rhode Island Land Trust Council. He’s excited to collaborate with the Council and trusts across the state to use GIS to build capacity and help these organizations to serve their communities.

Our thanks and appreciation to Eric and the Rhode Island Land Trust Council.

(Pictured below is Karen Jarret, Keith Killingbeck, Angela Brunetti, Paul Miller, Doug McGovern and Eric Wuesthoff)

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