By Edward Hutschenreuter
Growing up in the outskirts of Erie County in New York state, I was fortunate enough to experience childhood in a small rural community where the forests were my playground. Always being outside, I developed interests in hiking, fishing, camping, and really anything that let me escape the indoors. From this upbringing stemmed my interest and passion in environmental conservation.
My first job in Alden, New York, was spent working as a farm hand on a diversified livestock operation. During my time as a farm hand, I gained first-hand agriculture experience, as well as insight into a normal day-to-day farm routine. When I started as a student at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, I had ambitions to attend law school but didn’t know what type of law to study. Luckily, I enrolled in environmental politics, a class offered through the political science department, and was introduced to environmental law and policy.
I began researching how non-governmental organizations functioned in the environmental policy space and knew right away where I wanted to work. Having the opportunity to work with NACD is an amazing experience that is helping me fulfill my aspirations and goals. I am looking forward to learning as much as possible while working alongside others who share the same passion for environmental conservation as I do. Being in Washington for the first time as an adult, I hope to gain as much as I can from this amazing opportunity and make the most of my time here.