As some of you know, in March I was formally admitted to Humboldt State University’s (HSU) Environment and Community (E&C) Program. This is an interdisciplinary Master’s program that focuses on the human dimensions of conservation. In other words, it is perfect for me.
Before the semester begins in mid-August there is an orientation class for incoming E&C students, which will consist of a 5-day field trip to the Mattole Watershed: an area of northwestern California with a strong history of community-based conservation. While there my cohorts and I will speak with local people about natural resource-related issues that are important to them, and later on we will apply what we learn by designing research projects. Essentially this orientation will serve as a brief introduction to conducting social science-oriented field work.
In order to prepare for this field trip I have been assigned several readings to complete, which I must read and take notes on. In addition, my life is becoming increasingly dominated by my upcoming move to northern California, which is approximately 2,550 miles (4,104 km) from my current location. I have much to buy and get ready for, many people to see, and I must make some progress on finding a job for the coming year. Lastly, it is important to me to keep practicing Spanish every day; as I hope to find a club or friend with whom I can frequently converse once I move.
Rather than dividing my time too thinly, I have decided to not work on any new blog posts until I have finished the assigned readings. Therefore I have nothing to release this week, accept for this brief notice. This will allow me to complete the remaining articles within a week, freeing up more time to focus on this site.
Thank you all for your understanding! I might be able to publish a more on-topic post next week, although it is too early to tell. Regardless, I will continue to visit your blogs as time allows.