Above is a photo of the town of Long Creek, Oregon, population
197 soon to be 198.
Today, after two years of work, I officially graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s College of Natural Resources with a master’s degree in environmental education. The “graduation” is only theoretical; I’m not bothering to attend the ceremony, since I actually live about three hours away from campus. But now I can officially say I have the degree, despite the fact that my commitments to my graduate fellowship program here at the northern end of the state last for another month.
And after that? I’m moving to Long Creek. I’ve accepted a job with the local watershed council, where I’ll be splitting my time between planning educational and service opportunities for the local school and working with landowners on habitat restoration projects. After years of bouncing from internship to seasonal job to volunteer gig and back to graduate school, this will be my first real grown-up job.
It’s going to be a big, big change, and there’s a lot that I’ll miss about Wisconsin’s North Woods, but I’m excited. Anyway, I’ve got a few more weeks to enjoy the loons and bogs before I go…