Noel Briseño, a Forest Service Intern, is applying his educational background in Engineering to help the District find ways to re-design these heavily used recreational areas to protect the resources. Currently, the camping spots are not delineated, which allows campers to drive and park anywhere in the camping areas. “I’m working on designing an effective system to prevent future damage to the natural resources,” stated Briseño.
He spent the summer conducting a field inspection, talking to visitors, and visually observing surface conditions of the campgrounds. He developed designs for locating access roads and parking spurs utilizing Global Positioning System (GPS). With these GPS points, a map was created using Geographic Information Systems ArcMap. As funding becomes available, the next step is for the Forest Service to move forward with implementation.
Briseño was selected to work as an intern for the Sequoia National Forest through the Water Resources Institute, which is a California State University Program. He attended San Diego State University, majoring in Civil Engineering, and graduated in May 2015.
“One of my goals was to be the first in my family to graduate from college. I am in my last few weeks of my internship here at the Hume Lake Ranger District. I have learned how to apply my classroom knowledge out on the ground, in the national forest. What surprised me the most from this internship was how welcoming the people at this District are. I have come to appreciate them and am thankful for this opportunity,” stated Briseño. He is looking forward to becoming a Certified Professional Engineer.