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Students Traveling to Mountain State to Support Nature Restoration Projects
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on July 07, 2014 @ 3:21PM
Created on July 07, 2014 @ 10:34AM

Four students from New York City high schools are heading to our state this summer. They'll spend 10 days working to improve the Mountain State's landscapes while learning about environmental careers.

These young adults are participating in paid internships offered through The Nature Conservancy’s Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) program. It's a 20-year-old program that encourages urban youth to participate conservation activities.
 
For the first leg of their visit, from July 8-11, the LEAF interns will be working at the Conservancy’s Gandy Ranch. It's a 555-acre landscape that's a land bridge between Laurel Fork Wilderness and the Seneca Creek Backcountry in the Monongahela National Forest.  This is according to Mike Powell, land steward for the Conservancy’s West Virginia program, who supervises the students while they are here.
 
Since 1995, LEAF has partnered with high schools across the nation to provide hundreds of students with opportunities to live, work and play in nature. Students are divided into teams and paired with professional mentors.
 
They work alongside scientists to protect and restore habitats, plant native trees and help save endangered species.

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