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Protecting Lake George

Jack Willis ’12 is enjoying the outdoors this summer. An environmental studies major with a double minor in economics and mathematics, Willis is working as an intern with the Lake George Land Conservancy (L.G.L.C.).

During the internship, he will hike the trails in the Conservancy, surveying what needs to be worked on along the paths. He will also build and maintain trails, map boundaries, and help remove invasive species.  In addition, Willis will lead hikes and canoe trips through the preserves and on Lake George while also reaching out to the community to support the L.G.L.C.

He looks forward to learning more about land conservation and management, and hopes to work in the field of alternative energy.

The L.G.L.C. is a land trust set up with willing landowners to preserve the water quality of Lake George in the northern part of New York State. It owns eight preserves and eight easement properties, with more than 20 miles of trails in the preserves. The Conservancy works to protect and maintain the natural environment and atmosphere of the Lake George region and offer an outdoors setting for education and recreation

Willis, a Madison, N.J. native, found the internship while looking for a job with the National Park Service. “I have been vacationing at Lake George since I was four-years-old and my family bought a house here seven years ago.  Lake George is a second home to me; it is the reason why I have a great appreciation for the natural world,” says Willis. 

On campus, Willis is the president and founder of the HWS Fishing Club, a member of the Hobart Rugby Club and EcoReps, and a brother of Delta Chi Fraternity.