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Master’s student Melanie Knapp selected as RARE intern for McKenzie River Trust

Environmental Studies master’s student Melanie Knapp has been selected as the 2010-2011 RARE intern for McKenzie River Trust.  The Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) program works to increase the capacity of rural communities to improve their economic, social, and environmental conditions through the assistance of qualified interns.

As Conservation Planning Associate, Melanie will work with partners in an innovative collaborative management effort on the 92-acre McKenzie River property recently acquired by MRT.  The effort, called the Berggren Watershed Conservation Area Collaborative, will bring together nearly one dozen partners—including EWEB, MRT and Cascade Pacific RC&D, among others—to create a demonstration farm that would enhance water quality, wildlife habitat, and human health while providing organic food products and educational opportunities for the community.

Melanie looks forward to building on her experience as MRT’s Habitat Restoration Intern this summer, and hopes to bring her interests and experiences in restoration and environmental conflict resolution to bear on her new role.

To learn more about the McKenzie River Trust, visit http://www.mckenzieriver.org/.  For information on RARE, visit http://rare.uoregon.edu/.