2017: Member - Angela LaCroix

2017 Minnesota GreenCorps member Angela LaCroix.About me. I am originally from Eagan. I grew up in a family that loved to be outdoors. We loved to go camping, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, and fishing. The list does not stop there, though. My love of nature led me to get my Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from the University of North Dakota. I really enjoyed being a part of the UND Wildlife Society and the Environmental Restoration Club during my time at school. After graduating in May 2016, I joined MN GreenCorps in the Urban Forestry track. This will be my second term with the MN GreenCorps program and I’m continuing work on urban forestry issues. In addition to all of the outdoor activities I love, I also enjoy rollerblading, kayaking, reading, baking, and coaching/playing soccer.

About my service. I am serving at Mississippi Park Connection in the Urban Forestry track. I will be helping with design and implementation of gravel bed systems at multiple locations with partners such as Urban Roots and the Raptor Center. I will also be working with park partners and addressing different forestry needs within the Mississippi corridor through the Plant for the Future initiative. Other work plan objectives include tree plantings and maintenance, research on southern tree adaptability, and research on wildlife interactions with potential southern tree species.

Why I serve. I knew that I wanted to learn more about urban forestry as well as continuing to help organizations such as my host site on forestry related projects. Now more than ever there is a need for change and awareness when it comes to how we manage natural landscapes, especially around urban areas. I have gotten to know a number of different people, employees and volunteers, who are passionate about the state of the environment and what they can do to make it better which makes it a lot more meaningful.

My favorite place to visit in Minnesota. Being a native Minnesotan, how do you choose just one?