GENESEO – Lina Clifford, a 2020 graduate of SUNY Geneseo, has joined the staff of the Genesee Valley Conservancy as a land steward.
In her Conservancy role, Clifford – who joined the non-profit organization during the winter – will support nature preserve maintenance and baseline documentation for new conservation projects.
The addition of Clifford has provided additional staff hours to keep up with Conservancy work, such as maintenance of nature preserves. She has increased efficiency of the Conservancy’s field work documenting new conservation projects, the Conservancy said.
Clifford uses a new tablet device to load maps of the property she is visiting and take notes and photographs while walking the land. When back at the office, the photos and notes are referenced to the maps for easy compilation in needed reports, the Conservancy said.
Clifford, while a student at Geneseo, completed a formal internship with the Conservancy in which she mapped the land parcels and natural resources as part of the protection of the Christiano Farm in Leicester.
Clifford graduated with a degree in geography and minors in environmental studies and history.
Clifford has also volunteered through the Friends of Recreation, Conservation and Environmental Stewardship, or FORCES, Club at SUNY Geneseo. The club annually assists the Conservancy with invasive species removals and tree planting on nature preserves.
Clifford also found opportunities to focus class projects on the Conservancy. Her report “Geospatial Analysis of Genesee Valley Conservancy Protected Lands” helped visually articulate the history and growth of the organization’s land protection work as part of a senior-level geography class.