Meet PA/NJ Chapter American Chestnut Foundation Intern Sean Patrick Freidhof
Each year we ask our interns to share a bit about themselves with our members. We ask them about their interests and plans for the future. Our 2020 intern shares a long standing connection with our favorite tree and how he came to join our restoration movement.
The American chestnut has been a part of my life since I was eleven. On a trip to visit my uncle, he took me hunting for a tree that had been located in the area. On that journey he educated me about the history of chestnut trees and a little about The American Chestnut Foundation(TACF ).
After that experience with him, I knew that I wanted to be a part of the effort in restoring this tree.
After graduating high school, I was accepted at Penn State to pursue a degree in forestry. I volunteered with the foundation throughout college which interested me in the foundation’s efforts. The year before graduation, I was hired as an intern and have been here ever since.
Seeing the passion and hope in the volunteers is what motivated me to stay. This position has given me a multitude of experiences in taking care of the orchards and individual trees.
The rewards from these experiences are motivators to do the best I can to serve our volunteers and our ecosystem.
I enjoy contributing to the restoration of the American chestnut and am thankful for the opportunities the foundation and volunteers have presented me.
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For more information on programs, initiatives, upcoming events and how you can get involved, visit the PA/NJ Chapter American Chestnut Foundation website.
[Posted: June 2, 2020]
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