2016: Member - Shane Omersa

2016 GreenCorps member Shane OmersaAbout me. After completing my bachelor’s degree in the Spring of 2016 at the University of Minnesota – Duluth, I wasn’t sure what the next move was going to be, but I knew I wanted to be in a position where I could make a difference, while continuing to build my skills and broaden my experiences. Interests that I’ve had related to the environment and sustainability have come together in my work as part of the GreenCorps program. I enjoy hiking and being outside, so I’m happy to be in a position where I can get out and engage in my surroundings.

About my service. Under the Urban Forestry track, I am assisting the Tree Advisory Commission of the City of New Ulm with a number of tree related goals. The primary goal is to begin developing an inventory of trees in city parks and streets. I foresee my service year being a continuously changing blend of planning and hands-on activities that gives me the chance to work individually, as well as with city staff and volunteers.

Why I serve. I think the value of the MN GreenCorps is that the program matches dedicated individuals and communities who share common interests in protecting the environment and promoting sustainability, where otherwise such connections may not take place. As a member, you can act as a catalyst to start something new or build upon efforts already taken. You are able to help communities achieve their goals or leave them in a better stance to take it further.

My favorite place in Minnesota. I would have to say the whole North Shore. It’s always a pleasure to going up along Lake Superior and taking the time to stop to check out the parks and trails along the way.