Frederick News-Post NRCC Article

The summer after David Keane graduated from high school, he attended the Natural Resources Career Camp, or NRCC, at the Hickory Environmental Education Center in Garrett County. As a teenager, Keane had no idea to what extent the NRCC experience would affect his career path. Read more [external site]

Tree ID - I didn't know that you could classify trees by so many different characteristics.
Save Our Streams - Shocking fish was awesome! It's actually a simple and very productive process.
Career Night - There are many careers out there that deal with the forest that are unheard of. So it was very nice to learn about those careers.

Learning about careers in forestry helped for me to decide my future plans. Working the business-side of forestry is something I could do.

GPS Boundary Data Collection - The GPS Boundary Data Collection was my favorite. I like nature, but I also like technology. This could definitely be a career for me!
Wood Products Sawmill Tour - I was really glad to have the opportunity to take a sawmill tour. I learned how a big production sawmill works.

Awesome. I feel very lucky having gotten to do it. A true once in a lifetime opportunity.

Forest Measurements/Forest Health Field Work - I loved learning how to do field work.
College Night - I was delighted to have the opportunity to talk to the college representatives. I hope I can go to WVU when I graduate from Allegany!

I am very happy to find that my old dream that I'd abandoned, because I thought it was unpractical here in the US. It actually does exist. It's ethnobotany and taught at Frostburg State University.

Urban Forestry Panel - This was a great introduction to arboriculture and the other forestry sections. I had no idea arboriculture was such a major thing.
Tree Climbing - I loved tree climbing! The Bartlett Tree Experts were very nice, and explained all of the tree climbing equipment.

I am amazed and thankful that I have finally gotten the chance to actually rope climb a tree about 35 feet above the ground. I have always wanted to do this and now, being here for NRCC, I have!

Bear Management in Maryland - Harry Spiker was a great speaker. He really knew his stuff and had me wanting to stay longer after 1 & 1/2 hours of lecture. He made bears even more interesting than they were to me before his talk.
Friday Management Plan Final Preparations and Practice Presentations - This is when I realized for the first time how much work really goes into a Land Management Plan.