Today I had the opportunity to attend the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust board meeting. I was invited by my awesome mentor, Sarah Parkes. (Big thank you to her!) The San Joaquin River Parkways mission is “to preserve and restore San Joaquin River lands having ecological, scenic or historic significance, to educate the public on the need for stewardship, to research issues affecting the river, and to promote educational, recreational and agricultural uses consistent with the protection of the river’s resources.”

I was able to introduce myself to the board, and give a brief description of the Humanics program, and also state how remarkable the Humanics program is, before the board meeting official started.

I was a bit impressed by the number of board members and how all twenty five members were present in person or via teleconference. One thing that I did notice that was different from previous board meetings that I attended was the meeting started off with an open forum and members facilitated different conversations. The board also had a special guest, another graduate student from Fresno State, Pete. He did an awesome presentation on his research project about mammals and how development affects them. Overall I was able to learn more about the River Parkway and the amazing work that they do.

After the meeting was adjourned I was able to interview board member Betty Garcia. She stated how she was invited to become a member of this board, and the reason why she loves this organization is because of their willingness to educate others.

 

Thank you San Joaquin River Parkway for all your handwork and dedication!