Hello Fellow Cooperative Extension Colleagues and Friends,
My name is Brooke Gauthier. I am a senior undergraduate student at the University of New Hampshire majoring in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability with two minors, Forestry and Wildlife Conservation and Biology. I chose this major, and the two minors, because I love spending my time outdoors and interacting with my environment, as most nature lovers do. I want to preserve the resources we have and diminish the stresses humans put on the environment, while providing for a good standard living.
I’m originally from Connecticut, but my heart belongs to New Hampshire, leading to me work and live in this beautiful state. This past spring semester I spent my time studying abroad in New Zealand, through the UNH program EcoQuest, where I learned about restoration ecology, biogeography, policy and was a part of a directed research project. After completing my degree in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability, I plan to go to grad school for Forestry.
I’m proud to announce that this summer I will be working under the supervision of extension forestry specialist Karen Bennett as a county farm forestry intern. I will also be working alongside county foresters Greg Jordan, Wendy Scribner and Tim Fleury. With these foresters, I hope to extend my knowledge in forest inventory and planning, boundary maintenance, trails mapping and management, timber sale marking and wildlife habitat improvement. I will also be posting to this Facebook page at least once a week about my learnings and impactful experiences in the field or office.
Thus far, I have spent time with Greg Jordan prism cruising a stand on Rockingham County Farm property in Brentwood. I've learned different techniques in getting tree diameter and saw log estimates. I also went on a woodlot visit with Greg, showing me how county foresters can help local residents manage their woodlands and get valuable information on how to log or improve their land. Lastly, I attended a bioblitz at Stratham Hill Park where I helped fourth graders identify trees and learn about ecological processes. I am very excited to see what else the internship has in store for me and can’t wait to share my findings with the rest of you.
If you would like to look at the environmental work I have completed so far at UNH, check out my website: mypages.unh.edu/gauthier
If you would like to look at my experience studying abroad in New Zealand, or my other outdoor adventures, check out my Instagram: @brooke_gauthier
If you have any questions for me, email me at email@example.com
Kayaking at Middle Pea Porrige Pond in Madison, New Hampshire
Sitting on a downed tree in the Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, New Zealand
Standing in front of Tane Mahuta (the largest Kauri tree in New Zealand)