Biodiversity of Kenya: Land Management

>>SARAH VAN FRANK: I looked at land management
and that’s kind of what my focus is within my graduate studies. And so, looking at the
different types of land management from government organizations and agencies and NGOs [non-governmental
organizations] and how they are able to, you know, their tree planting program. And then
also in the government agencies, so the Kenya Wildlife Service and how their national parks,
their national reserves, which we were able to visit two national parks and also a national
reserve and so also just looking at private lands as well and how those are allocated
to the villages and how are those maintained. So I think that was a really cool thing for
me was that I was able to do my research the entire time I was there and then I was able
to talk to every single community we went to we were able to talk to someone in that
community that knew something about what we were doing our research on. It was awesome.
Being in the field all the time and able to talk to people every day was a lot better
than sitting in a library and reading a bunch of articles and trying to do your research
that way.>>GWEN BAUSMITH: And so it really put us
in there and it really got us into the nitty-gritty of learning a lot more about them and I think
that was pretty amazing in and of itself.>>SARAH VAN FRANK: The second service learning
that we did was with the Green Belt Movement. And we were all able to plant our own trees.
It was right along an eroded riverbed. And so they’re planting these trees (that’s public
land) to help stop erosion of this particular waterway. And that was a pretty cool experience.
I mean, to know that you planted a tree in Kenya and that it hopefully will be there
in 50 years. And it’s helping to improve their environment, you know, their ecosystem.

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