Midcoast Conservancy is delighted to announce the appointment of this year’s Railsback Fellow, Susan Frawley. The Fellowship is awarded each summer to “… promising young adults, with a keen interest in freshwater protection and land conservation”, according to the position description. Susan will spend the summer engaged in water quality work on Damariscotta Lake, and will be based in Midcoast Conservancy’s summer office in Jefferson.
Susan brings great experience to the position, including an internship spent surveying aquatic plants species and invasive fish at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns, Oregon. An Ecology graduate of the University of Montana, she admits that her focus on aquatic work “surprised” her after thinking she was headed for work with wildlife; “I loved being out on the water and setting nets,” she says. “I find watersheds particularly interesting because of the diversity in plant and vertebrae species.”
A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Susan was interested in animals from a young age, and spent as much time outdoors as possible. After a childhood spent in a dry, hot climate, her time in Montana was “basically the complete opposite—really cold and snowy” but opened her eyes to new ecosystems. She is thrilled to be moving to Maine, and to work on Damariscotta Lake. “I can’t wait to get started,” she says. “I really want to start kayaking, swimming, and climbing more. I have not had the opportunity to explore much of the East Coast and I have a personal goal to find out as much about it as possible.”
The Railsback Fellowship was established to honor Alan Railsback, the long-time Executive Director of Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association. The award is made possible through the generosity of individual donors, as well as the E. Senter Charitable Trust, the Hart Charitable Fund, and the Reny Charitable Foundation.
For more information, contact Midcoast Conservancy at (207) 389-5150.
This fellowship was created to honor Alan Railsback, long time Executive Director of DLWA who passed away last fall. Al’s enthusiasm for water quality and his years of service building DLWA to be a leader among lake associations were legendary. DLWA plans to select a recipient each summer for the next several years. The award is designated for:
“… promising young adults, with a keen interest in freshwater protection and land conservation. The Railsback Fellow will be provided a paid ‘hands-on’ opportunity to work on some of the watershed’s most pressing issues. They will be mentored by DLWA staff and depart with a greater knowledge about the web of life and a deeper appreciation about the importance of landscape conservation for current and future generations.”
The award was made possible by generous donations of from over 70 individual donors as well as E. Senter Charitable Trust, the Hart Charitable Fund, and the Reny Charitable Foundation.