This summer I am working with the Trustees of Reservations in Holyoke as a Property Management Intern. Amina Taylor is also one of the interns working with this organisation. Owning over 100 properties,the organization works not only to protect places of environmental importance in Massachusetts but to also restore places that have been ruined and making them accessible to the public.
During my first week I took a number of trips to some of the properties that are namely Dinosaur Footprints and Little Tom, and I can say that the experience has led me to look at the environment with a different eye. Whereas I was one of those people who merely look at the surroundings and see just green, I am happy to say that now I can see beyond that green. My mind is now always in a hunting mood for invasive plants. I was shocked when I looked at one of the booklets with a whole list of such plants; some of them are eye captivating! The kind you would not mind having in a treasured flower garden. I, for one, confess to having referred to some of them as pretty prior to the discovery that they are actually harmful to the rest of nature. By adding toxic substances to soil, they thwart the chance of growth for any other native plants in the same surroundings. Selfish isn’t it?
For this past week, I can say I have been on the receiving end of my theme of education. My supervisor has been teaching me a lot about invasive plants and how to use other devices like the power drill, which I never knew how to use before. In addition, I am also learning about the history of the town of Holyoke through polite conversation with my supervisor.As the internship progresses, I hope to learn more about this part of the state as far as the environment is concerned and to increase my expertise in team work.Concerning what I can teach others as part of my theme, I am hoping to pass on my acquired knowledge of the properties to visitors and volunteers who come to visit.