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Johnstone gaining valuable experience with Conservancy

KEENE VALLEY Meghan Johnstone of Saranac Lake has joined the staff of the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and the Adirondack Land Trust. As a summer intern, Johnstone is exploring the field of conservation, working side-by-side with professional staff in communications, fundraising, environmental stewardship, and scientific research. Johnstone, an Adirondack native, graduated from Saranac Lake High School in 2006. She just completed her sophomore year at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry where she is majoring in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environmental Communication and Culture. Growing up in the Adirondacks has given me a deep appreciation for the environment, said Johnstone. Now I'm working with a highly respected organization helping to protect the place that I know and love. I could not be more excited. The act of preserving and protecting the Adirondacks takes more than one generation, said Barbara Glaser, chapter and land trust board member and co-founder of the Adirondack Conservation Internship Program. There is a need for opportunities now for people in their 20s and 30s to explore how they can participate in the care and protection of this park over time. Johnstones lead project is to work with the director of communications to improve the Adirondack chapter and land trusts Web site, starting with the pages relating to the chapters historic purchase of ecologically and economically significant lands in the heart of the Adirondacks.

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