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Greenfield native awarded conservation internship

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 10:58 a.m. CDT

Greenfield native Jared Baier will be spending his summer outdoors, helping to preserve and restore Iowa’s natural beauty through a unique internship program.

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) selected Baier and nine other students from Iowa colleges as statewide land stewardship interns for the summer of 2014. INHF looks for college students who possess a passion for conservation and a desire to learn hands-on techniques for preserving Iowa’s natural areas.

Baier is a graduate of Nodaway Valley High School. He is majoring in forestry at Iowa State University and expects to graduate in December 2014.

“This is a great hands-on experience that will help further my career in the future,” said Baier.

INHF chooses its land stewardship interns based on their dedication to conservation and their devotion to restoring the state’s natural places.

“Each summer we hire a group of talented and passionate college students to be part of INHF’s land stewardship internship program,” said Erin Van Waus, INHF land stewardship director. “The interns help INHF achieve its goal of restoring rare and special native habitats throughout Iowa, and the enthusiasm and expertise each intern brings to the position is priceless. The internship program allows INHF to increase our capacity to do high-quality restoration while offering the students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience.”

Baier’s internship is sponsored by the estate of Richard “Sandy” Rhodes II, an INHF member from eastern Iowa known as a prairie restoration enthusiast.

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