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Welcome Summer Youth Interns!

Last month, Sutro Stewards welcomed 9 teens from high schools all over the Bay Area to participate in a 5-week long immersive conservation internship. This program is facilitated by Enterprise for Youth, a non-profit that connects youth to paid opportunities to learn professional development skills. 

In the first week, interns spent time acclimating to the mountain and conservation work. At the nursery, they learned about phytophthora and plant pathogens, divided and transplanted dozens of woodland strawberry plants and twinberry cuttings, cleared leaf litter from young nursery pots, and removed ehrharta from our demonstration garden. 

Interns also explored the mountain with our Executive Director, Ildiko Polony, and our Health in Nature team! They learned the history of Mt Sutro and learned about native plants like elderberry, coastal sagebrush (Artemisia californica),and wild cucumber, while also getting to taste some of our invasives, like blackberries, nasturtium, and oso berry!

The group also spent some time remediating a heavily used trail by the nursery. They removed invasive blackberry and began raking for a new trail path along Clarendon Trail. 

We are so excited to work with the interns for the month!

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