A whole month of carbon

Hello everyone! Before I get into this blog, I’d just like to first address (and warn readers) that I work remotely. This means that I unfortunately don’t have cool photos of nature and wildlife. I do, however, have a photo of my awkward foldable desk set up in the middle of my living room. And a selfie.

Just as a little background, I work in the Carbon Partnership Program (CPP), which sits under the National Partnership Office (NPO). This program hasn’t officially been launched yet and is still in the development/piloting phase. Since it hasn’t been announced to the public yet, I won’t be delving too much into the details of the program (sorry)! The CPP is essentially a program that will support the USFS’ mission of building partnerships with a variety of organizations to develop projects that will have a positive carbon outcome on National Forest System lands.

This first month with the CPP has mostly involved general knowledge building. I’ve been learning the ins and outs of how a program gets built in this agency, so it’s been very interesting to see how the sausage gets made. As a current graduate student, it’s also very rewarding to see the concepts I learn in school being used and applied in real-time at the job. I’m learning a lot about how important diplomacy is in this agency – it’s a useful skill to know how to communicate and work with people with different values and work backgrounds! And of course, there have been some administrative tasks like note-taking and organizing the Teams channel to keep my team updated on action items that need to be completed.

I’m hoping to have some more interesting updates and details to share once the program is launched and open to the public. Until then, this might be as detailed as I can get! 

Thanks for reading 🙂

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