Displaying items by tag: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Tuesday, 28 May 2019 17:50

Blog #2.1 Description of My Worksite


Let me tell you a little about the sites I have been working in for the past several days. My first day was spent at the Lodgepole subdistrict of Sequoia and Kings National Parks (SEKI). I attended the CPR training held that day at the Lodgepole visitor center auditorium, which is used for educational demonstrations for the public. Later that day, Nathan L. Stephenson, whose research has been affiliated with Sequoia trees and other conifers of the Sierra Nevada, came to speak with us about Giant Sequoias. The topic on current threats to sequoia trees stood out to me because the identification of the risks that these trees face is important for strategizing their mitigation. According to Stephenson, boundary transcending threats, such as climate change and air pollution, are being monitored for their effect on Sequoia trees. It was indicated that the greater of these two threats to Sequoias is climate change, which includes the consistently documented increase of global temperature. Higher temperatures result in earlier snowpack melt, which makes droughts last even longer than normal and subsequently puts the sequoias in danger. The most recent drought, occurring in 2012-2016, led to record-breaking tree decline. Though this certainly sounds depressing, Sequoia and Kings National parks have active ongoing efforts to monitor and protect the forests while educating the public on ways we can all contribute to Sequoia tree conservation.


My other worksite is at the Ash Mountain foothills subdistrict, which contains the Foothills Visitor Center, the SEKI education office, and other Ash Mountain facilities. Here I met with my research supervisor, Dr. Christy Brigham, and discussed my goals for my time here as an intern. One of my goals involves becoming more knowledgeable about the ecological interactions in the parks, and learning how to communicate that effectively to educate the public.


Another activity I took part in at the Ash Mountain Foothills was a discussion on Whitebark Pines, which are also declining due to numerous factors. A few of these stressors include non-native pathogen called white pine blister rust, the mountain pine beetle, and climate change. Luckily, there are similar efforts put in place for these trees as well, and public education is certainly a crucial component of this. If we want these beautiful landscapes to prevail, it is our responsibility to inform ourselves about nature conservation efforts wherever we are. There is no need to be discouraged about our seemingly small individual efforts in conservation, because it all adds up!


This blog’s photo shows two mule deer grazing in the grasses of the Ash Mountain Foothills Area!


See you later!

Published in EFTA intern blog
Saturday, 25 May 2019 18:35

A New chapter in the Woods

Hi there,

My name is Jonathan Ignacio Tejeda and I am a graduate student attending California State University, Northridge majoring in geography. As I have just completed my first year as a graduate student, I embark on a wonderful internship opportunity this Summer. This Summer I will be a Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) Intern working at the Sequoia and Kings National Park (SEKI) in California.

Not only will this internship provide me with exceptional opportunities for personal development, but I also seek inspiration for my graduate thesis here. Within the past 2.5 years of my academic career I have grown as an emerging professional as I have realized my true passion to explore and appreciate Mother Earth’s natural beauty. I am fortunate to have very inspirational Professors that encourage their students to go out in the field and become advocates for the conservation/preservation of Earth’s natural resources.

Overall, I am overwhelmed with joy and excitement to begin my internship with the National Park Service (NPS). I Can’t wait to tell you about my upcoming experiences at SEKI its going to be a memorable time, talk to you then.




Jonathan I Tejeda



Published in HAF intern blog

Hi Everyone!

My name is Citlali Villarreal, and I am an intern for the 2019 cohort of the Latino Heritage Internship Program. I am from Galveston, Texas, studying as an undergrad at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

I will be working for the National Park Service in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks for 11 weeks. As a Sequoia tree monitoring and demography intern, my work consists of conducting an independent research project on Sequoia tree demography under Dr. Christy Brigham. For the public service component of my position, I'll be working on a public education program for the visitors at the park and telling them about my research.

My home for the rest of the summer will be at Lodgepole, where other park staff are also staying for the season. Even though it’s May, there is still snow up here, which will probably be melting in the following week or so. Once that happens, I'll be exploring more of the park and familiarizing myself with the area.

This photo stares down a small gully next to my living area. It's been really wonderful listening to this rushing stream everyday and having this view right outside my window.

I am so excited for this opportunity! Tune in to my blogs here at the LHIP website, which will be updated with new blogs every week!


Thank you!

Published in HAF intern blog
Wednesday, 15 May 2019 13:59

Citlali Villarreal

As an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major at Rice University in Houston, Texas, I look at the various ecological relationships that exist in nature. I analyze the evolution, structure, and function of organisms and seek to learn more about anthropogenic effects on ecosystems and biological diversity. Other academic interests of mine include conservation biology and veterinary medicine. National parks hold a special place in my heart because they educate the public on nature conservation and help preserve ecosystems and breathtaking landscapes. I am in awe of nature’s beauty, and am committed to learning more about the environment so that I can help protect it. My fondness for the outdoors draws me to activities like hiking, bike riding, and camping. I also love traveling, eating food, dancing, and listening to music. My future plans are to become a doctor of veterinary medicine and work on learning how to operate my own small animal veterinary practice. I am thankful for the Latino Heritage Internship Program because it affords Latinas such as myself an opportunity to explore career interests and to help increase diversity in national park programs across the United States.

Published in Intern Bios
Wednesday, 15 May 2019 13:14

Jonathan Tejeda

I am a first generation student currently attending California State, Northridge and a graduate student majoring in geography and environmental studies. I have prior experience working as a forester for Southern California Edison and as a water resource intern for the U.S. Forest Service. Aside from my experience and educational background, my ethnicity is Mexican American, and both my parents emigrated from Mexico. My family is my inspiration, as they have overcame several hardships while seeking a better life. I am truly motivated to continue developing as an emerging professional, and I am blessed to be given this opportunity from LHIP and the National Park Service. This opportunity opens a new chapter in my life and I will enjoy my journey along the way, thank you!

Published in Intern Bios
Thursday, 29 November 2018 03:24

Cristina Martinez Guzmán

Cristina Martinez recently graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science and a minor in biology. During college, she participated in study abroad programs and courses focused on conservation and natural resource management. Being from Los Angeles, attending a predominantly white institution motivated her to become involved in the undergraduate Latinx organization in order to increase visibility and educate the student body about issues pertaining the Latinx community. Combining both her admiration for the environment and passion for educating her community, Cristina participated in an internship last summer with SoCal non-profit Heal The Bay where she wrote blogs on local environmental issues in Spanish. Her experiences as a Latina environmental science college student have influenced her career goals of obtaining a PhD in natural resource management/conservation while improving outreach programming for her community.

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