Meet the Interns

June 30, 2011

A lot of work goes on at Sequoia Riverlands Trust, which is why volunteers are so greatly appreciated around here. This summer, we are happy to welcome three new interns to the SRT team.  Every one of them is intelligent, creative and bringing fresh ideas to the table– allowing SRT to save both time and money. We are so grateful for all the help!

Intern - Adam Livingston
Adam Livingston, the Conservation Planning Intern, is pursuing a master’s degree at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management (University of California, Santa Barbara), where he is specializing in conservation planning. Prior to his time at the Bren School, he studied philosophy and classics at Xavier University (2001), earned a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School (2004), served as a judicial clerk, and then practiced law in Los Angeles. In recent years, Adam has had the chance to travel extensively, seeing firsthand the beauty, grandeur and complexity of the natural world in places ranging from Denali National Park to the Great Barrier Reef. His strong interest in wilderness conservation, including the problem of biodiversity protection in a time of rapid climate change, grew out of these experiences.

Intern - Ellen Riley
Ellen Riley is the Graphic Design and Communications Intern for SRT. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Art and Design, with a concentration in Graphic Design, at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Ellen is an active member of her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, where she held the position of Technology Chairman. She is also a part of the Cal Poly AIGA chapter and a Graphic Designer for the campus newspaper, the Mustang Daily.  With a background in scouting, Ellen loves the outdoors and has had the opportunity to backpack parts of the John Muir Trail, Mt. Whitney, Elizabeth’s Pass and the Philmont Ranch in New Mexico. With one year left of school, Ellen hopes to travel a little before starting a career in either advertising or identity. In the meantime, she enjoys spending as much time as possible in the outdoors and taking all opportunities that come her way.

 Intern - John Ang

John Ang is our Finance Intern. He is an incoming transfer student to California State University Fresno from the College of the Sequoias. He’s still deciding whether to be an Accountancy or Management major. As an international student, he thrives in school by working in study groups and helping other students to reach their potential. During his three years in the College of the Sequoias, he helped organize study groups, became a treasurer for Alpha Gamma Sigma Honors Society and a vice-president for Chess Club. John also tutored students in economics and accounting in COS’s tutorial center. This is his first time helping a nonprofit organization in a big way. His only previous experience was volunteering for a day with Habitat for Humanity, by painting the exterior of a rescued home. Growing up in the big cities of the Philippines, he experienced the pollution and calamities mostly caused by deforestation. He felt the need to preserve the trees and nature. He is thankful for this opportunity to expand his horizon and help make a difference by preserving nature.


The New Geopolitics of Food

June 24, 2011

The New Geopolitics of Food, By Lester R. Brown; Foreign Policy Magazine

The San Joaquin Valley is the most productive agricultural region in the world. Its farmers contribute to feeding the United States in addition to sending food to many other countries. Recently, with world food prices signaling scarcity and food insecurity, the importance of our unique region and its farmers has been cast in a new light. This recent article by Foreign Policy is a broad overview to the worldwide issue that food is playing both here and abroad. Sequoia Riverlands Trust recognizes our farmland conservation work and business partnerships with farmers as an issue of national security – if we can’t feed ourselves, we will be in trouble quickly. Put another way: would we want to be dependent on importing food like we are with importing oil. More than many other places, the local economy is connected to national and global markets for the agricultural producers of the valley.

SRT Receives $3,000 grant from the Visalia Times-Delta

June 9, 2011

Sequoia Riverlands Trust would like to thank the Visalia Times-Delta for their generous $3,000 grant through the Gannett Foundation. Local grants such as this are an important investment in the community. The grant will help support SRT’s conservation and education programs in the region.