Staff Highlight: Izabelle Cummings, Land Conservation Intern
Where and what did you study?
I study Environmental Science and Technology with concentration in Ecological Tech Design at the University of Maryland College Park. The love of the outdoors and all of its activities is one reason why I chose this major, but the desire to have a physical hand in the work to preservation of our ecosystems and their habits was the largest reason to take on this major. I wanted to focus my studies on designing and problem solving, similar to what engineers participate in, while working to better our natural environments and to impede the effects of climate change.
What is your dream job?
My dream job would be to work at an environmental restoration/engineering firm as a design specialist that takes on planning and designing of many restoration projects. Those projects could be in Maryland or across the United States.
What has been your favorite thing about ESLC so far?
My favorite thing about ESLC would be getting the chance to visit and monitor ESLC’s conservation easements along the Eastern Shore. I have gotten the opportunity to explore the Eastern Shore in a personal way that many Western Shore Marylanders (I’m from Baltimore) don’t get to experience. I have talked to Eastern Shore land owners and been able to see their amazingly beautiful properties which will forever more be preserved, protected from any environmental destruction. I have also been able to keep tabs on potential restoration action areas, especially those on our shorelines.
What is your favorite thing about Maryland’s Eastern Shore?
I appreciate the many colonial-style small towns the Eastern Shore has that are then met by waterways that lead to the Chesapeake Bay. Especially in the summer, there is so much life from the people and the wildlife, and to me it holds a great beauty. Each of the towns are different, but they share a deeper love and care for the Eastern Shore as a whole.
What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time, I enjoy paddle boarding, traveling the east coast, and hanging out with friends and family.
If you were given a million dollars, what would you do with it?
If given a million dollars, I would buy some land, part of which my family could live on and part for conservation. I would try to make the conservation part of the land an educational and recreational site that people could use to further learn about environmental studies, including environmental engineering, and could explore nature to the greatest extent.