I am a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, pursuing a degree in social work. Since I could walk, I remember climbing around the woods and swimming in Wisconsin’s lakes and rivers. I am driven more than ever to be an advocate for our natural resources. Through this internship, I hope to advance my communication skills by educating the public on the importance of preserving our natural resources. I also hope to have a better understanding about how environmental policies are passed.

Growing up in the small town of Rice Lake has shaped my devotion to fishing, hunting, photography, and hiking. As a student at UW-Barron County, I created an Outdoor Recreation & Conservation Club where I lead club hikes through the Blue Hills and Interstate Park. I also organized an Earth Day Clean Up on campus. The last two summers I have worked as an Aquatic Invasive Species Intern, educating the public on invasive species and helping to remove some invasives from waterways in Washburn County. I was also the president of my high school Conservation Club, and one of our most successful projects was building three loon nests that were used that same year by nesting loons.

I’m a conservation voter because I believe our natural resources are our most valuable resource. The need to protect and preserve these resources is needed now more than ever.

Favorite place in Wisconsin: Blue Hills Felsenmeer