Please Welcome the New Designing the Parks Interns!

Dear Olmsted Center Staff and Colleagues,

Please join me in welcoming our four new interns who will be participating in the 2015 Designing the Parks Internship Program with the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation through partnerships with the NPS Cultural Resources Diversity Intern Program (CRDIP), Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF), and the Student Conservation Association (SCA). Through the 2015 program, one undergraduate student, one graduate, and two recent graduates will participate in park planning and design through the Olmsted Center’s project work in the Northeast.

Kristi Lin is from California and studying Landscape Architecture at the University of California at Davis. During her 10-week summer CRDIP internship, Kristi will be assisting with landscape treatment specifications and maps for Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. She will also work together with the other interns and OCLP staff to develop agricultural management guidelines for the historic farmland at Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, assist with landscape documentation on the Boston Harbor Islands, and assist with a feature inventory for the historic hiking trails at Acadia National Park.

Sasha Bachier is from Roxbury, Massachusetts and holds a BFA in Architecture and Design from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has just completed her first year of graduate studies in Architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. Sasha is returning to our office—in 2013 she served as the Assistant Team Leader for the very successful Designing the Parks Summer Internship Program. During her 10-week summer HAF 2015 internship, she will be assisting with a cultural landscape inventory for the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline, MA and preparing treatment guidelines for Governors Island National Monument in New York Harbor.

Shanasia Sylman is from San Antonio, Texas and a recent graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a BS in Environmental Science. She will begin a graduate studies in Landscape Architecture in the fall at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. During her 10-week summer CRDIP internship, Shanasia will be collaborating with the other interns to prepare site maps and working on cultural landscape inventories at Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site and schematic site plans and plant lists for historic gardens within Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park.

Ericka Duym is from Trenton, Maine and holds a BS in Landscape Horticulture from the University of Maine at Orono and just graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a Masters in Landscape Architecture. In her 20-week internship, Ericka will be updating the cultural landscape report for the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area and completing a vegetation management plan for Peddocks Island. Ericka will also assist with a preservation maintenance plan for Gettysburg National Military Park.

We are delighted to have Kristi, Sasha, Shanasia, and Ericka participating in the 2015 Designing the Parks Internship Program. The Designing the Parks program aims to reinvigorate the design of National Parks and bolster the Service’s role as a leader in public park design. Drawing upon landscape architectural skills for site inventory, analysis, and treatment to enhance historic character, this team will prepare valuable baseline documentation and recommendations for several national park cultural landscapes. This information will provide the foundation for park managers to implement creative solutions to the challenge of balancing public use and long-term preservation of historical landscapes. We are looking forward to a very busy summer! You can track the interns’ progress throughout the summer by following our Designing the Parks blog.

Best,

Bob

Bob Page, FASLA
Director, Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation
National Park Service

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