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    "I learned a lot while I was in Alaska—everything from identifying tundra vegetation to what to do if a bear attacks." — Genna Waldvogel

    Genna WaldvogelEnvironmental sciences major, intern at Alaska field station, conductor of research project on seasons and streams. More about Genna >>

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    "I felt a strong sense of community in RSENR." — Kelsey Head

    Kelsey Head Environmental studies major, student educator with the UVM Watershed Alliance, creator of environmental curriculum for young people, intern, volunteer coordinator. More about Kelsey >>

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    "I directly contributed to the outcome of the project." — Joshua Carrera

    Joshua Carrera Natural resources major, social activist, co-creator of online course, participant in travel study to Costa Rica, Brazil, Ecuador and beyond, delegate. More about Joshua >>

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    " I was looking to learn and broaden my experience in the wildlife biology and education fields." — Flavio Sutti, Ph.D. student

    Flavio SuttiPh.D. candidate in natural resources, Consultant biologist in Italy, master in wildlife biology, researching landscape context as a framework for agricultural systems. More about Flavio >>

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    "I care deeply about forests, and I have come to care passionately about working with horses in the woods." — Ethan Tapper

    Ethan TapperForestry major, horse logging intern studying forest management and impact of horses working in the woods. More about Ethan >>

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Thursday April 24, 2014
6 p.m. to 7 p.m. + Real Food Talk
Last month’s Real Talk was real invigorating! We got some great conversation going about next steps to getting real food on campus.

Our first goal: create a student group to shift food culture on campus and work closely with the Real Food Working Group to pressure UVM into procuring the sustainable food we need. That’s a big agenda…you want in?

There’s going to be a REAL TALK on April 24 at 6:00 pm in Lafayette 300, where we’ll go over the basics of the Real Food Challenge for folks who missed the last Real Talk, and then dive right in to the logistics of the student group!

Please send any questions to or! Visit our Facebook page to RSVP.

We hope to see you there!
Friday April 25, 2014
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. + Arbor Day Celebration
Celebrate UVM's trees and our official designation as a Tree Campus USA with a tree planting ceremony outside the library at noon, guided tree walks, an invasive species awareness workshop, and an Ash Awareness Week t-shirt raffle; informational table outside the Davis Center from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Information: Registration for events:

Highlights include:
11am: Kit Anderson will lead an ethnobotany tree walk around campus
12 pm: UVM will be inaugurated into the Tree Campus USA program and recognized for its efforts to care for and promote healthy trees on campus and in our community. We are also kicking off President Sullivan's new tree planting campaign with a tree planting and official recognition ceremony outside Bailey-Howe Library. Come join us in celebrating this exciting new aspect of UVM and its commitment to the environment.
12:30pm: Professor Mark Starret leads a tree walk of the trees on UVM's Green
2pm: Emerald Ash Borer ID workshop with Rhonda Mace: Look Up and Look Out for Vermont's ash trees!

Please visit the UVM Trees website ( for more information and to sign up for a tree walk or EAB workshop.
Gund Conference Room
Johnson House
617 Main Street
Join students, faculty, and friends of UVM's Field Naturalist and Ecological Planning programs for Friday adventures. Walks depart from main lobby of Jeffords Hall. To receive email updates, reserve a spot, or get more info, contact Levi at Locations and times subject to change.
Monday April 28, 2014
Intervale Out Loud: A Place-based Oral History Project

by Kate Blofson

Seminar: 10:00 a.m., Bittersweet Conference Room
Defense: 11:00 a.m., Bittersweet Conference Room

Dr. Stephanie Kaza, Professor, RSENR, Advisor
Dr. Walter Poleman, Senior Lecturer, RSENR
Dr. Dona Brown, Professor, History, Committee Chair

Landscape analysis explores the social and ecological processes that drive landscape patterns, and is closely allied with landscape ecology and geography. UVM's PLACE (Place-based Landscape Analysis and Community Education) Program, with its roots in the Field Naturalist and Ecological Planning program, uses the framework of landscape analysis to express an integrative “story of place” using the lenses of the physical, ecological and cultural landscapes. While landscape analysis field methods address the physical and ecological landscapes, no clear methodology has emerged to support a holistic analysis of the cultural landscape and an understanding of relationships with place. Oral history is an open-ended, flexible method that engages diverse perspectives and generates rich detail and context in long-form narratives. It has produced important ecological knowledge, as well as other social benefits, for natural resource planning (Holmes and Pilkington, 2011; Colburn and Clay, 2007; Robertson and McGee, 2003). Using the rich cultural and ecological landscape of the lower Winooski intervale in Burlington, VT, as a case study, this project explored the value of oral history as a methodology in landscape analysis, with a particular focus on land use practices (including agriculture, foraging, and hunting); ecological information and site-specific stories; feelings and values about the land; and visions for its future. Oral histories produced important stories and knowledge about landscape change and natural communities in the lower Winooski intervale, as well as revealing meanings and values useful for an integrative and inclusive understanding of place.

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