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Meet Our Fish & Wildlife Service America’s Youth in the Great Outdoors Intern

Editor’s Note: Salmon Valley Stewardship and Lemhi Regional Land Trust have been honored to work with US Fish and Wildlife Service and their America’s Youth in the Great Outdoors program. We have used this program for the past 3 years to hire summer interns, exposing high school and college students interested in a natural resources career to on-the-ground work in conservation. We’ve been pleased to welcome Sam Zuger to our community this summer.

My name is Samantha Zuger and I am a student at Walla Walla community college in Walla Walla, Washington. I am pursuing a degree in Natural Resource Management and Technology. I was raised on a wheat farm in a small rural town on the Palouse and participated in 4-H and FFA for several years. I am very passionate about conservation and land stewardship. I am always trying to get outside to hike, fish, ski, snowmobile, or anything else I can find!

Samantha Zuger serves as this summer’s SVS/LRLT intern thanks to an agreement with US Fish and Wildlife Service

I am really excited to be in Salmon for the summer. I have met many people so far, and I find it heartwarming at how welcoming and genuinely nice everyone has been.It makes being away from home not as difficult!

I can’t thank the Lemhi Regional Land Trust, Salmon Valley Stewardship, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service enough for this wonderful opportunity to grow and broaden my knowledge. I am excited to learn more about conserving working lands, and I have started projects on conservation easement photo monitoring, and recycling baling twine and monofilament line so fish and wildlife don’t get entangled. This is my first job where I am working towards something I am passionate about and can’t be more excited to do so! I’ve always been told that when you love what you do you never work a day in your life, and so far working here I have found just that.

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