This post is coming at the end of an exciting and interesting first week of BLM office in Carson City, NV. For starters, I think I may have set the record for fastest worker’s comp claim. At the end of the first day I was cleaning out a Petri dish used to mix adhesive for the herbarium and managed to put a nice cut into my finger requiring a few stitches. I have jokingly stated that I was just trying to make a splash on my first day. Work in the herbarium is relaxing and enjoyable. In the past I have done lots of collecting and pressing of plant samples in the field, so it was nice to learn the back end of the process and be able to produce a herbarium specimen from start to finish.
Of course, my passion is for work in the field. Yesterday we visited a former mine site, the American Flat Mine, where my fellow interns and I will help to plan and implement a restoration project. Ecological restoration was a specialization of my MS, and I am very excited about this project. We spent the day mapping out the area and generating a species list from a reference area nearby. Being from Colorado, it was nice to be able to pick out several species I was familiar with, while at the same time learning characteristics of many new ones. I’ll continue to update this project as the summer continues.
Other tasks of the week have included assisting with a cleanup project as part of this office’s Adopt a Space outreach program, sitting in on stakeholder meetings and assisting with research and development of NEPA documents. It’s only been a few days, but I can tell it’s going to be a great summer!