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Catalina Island ecology, restoration, and management internship: building partnership among agencies with diverse interests.

20 CATALINA ISLAND ECOLOGY, RESTORATION, AND MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP: BUILDING PARTNERSHIP AMONG AGENCIES WITH DIVERSE INTERESTS

For three years a summer undergraduate internship program focusing on the natural history and management of Catalina Island has run as a joint effort between the USC Environmental Studies Program (ENST), the Catalina Island Conservancy (CIC), the Santa Catalina Island Company (SCIC), the American Conservation Experience (ACE), and the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies (WIES). One of the primary goals of this program is to provide an experiential learning opportunity for students enrolled in the USC Environmental Studies Program. Since 2011, four students have worked each summer designing and maintaining the Deer Valley trail adjacent to the WIES campus on Catalina Island. Student activities include the eradication of invasive fennel, monitoring long-term projects to examine the spread of invasive fennel, creating an interactive plant field guide, and overall maintenance of the trail itself. In addition to conducting research projects in the laboratory and field, student-learning outcomes included analyzing data, writing research blogs and reports, and providing outreach activities to members of the Catalina community. We will present the key aspects that allowed such diverse organizations to come together to the mutually beneficial arrangement that governs this internship program.

L.E. Collinds and D.W. Ginsburg. University of Southern California, Environmental Studies Program, Los Angeles, CA, 90089

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Title Annotation:FRIDAY ABSTRACTS IN PROGRAM ORDER
Author:Collins, L.E.; Ginsburg, D.W.
Publication:Bulletin (Southern California Academy of Sciences)
Article Type:Report
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 1, 2014
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