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WLCT Fall 2022 Interns 

Jill Roberts

My name is Jill Roberts, and I am a Senior at Wilton High School. I have always been passionate and curious about the outdoors. I enjoy skiing, hiking, scuba diving, and sailing. I have sailed around the Caribbean for the past six summers as part of a three-week sailing camp in the British Virgin Islands. I have earned PADI scuba certifications, culminating in the PADI Master Scuba Diver certification/rating (the highest recreational level prior to professional certification). I plan to pursue marine biology, oceanography, or environmental science in college. 


I'm thrilled to be returning as one of the WLCT interns!

Afroz Ali

My name is Afroz Ali and I am a sophomore at Wilton High School.   I am a part of the Wilton high school cross country team.


I am passionate about wildlife and I am eager to learn more about the environment I live in.  One of my favorite things to do is fishing. Fishing gives me the opportunity to explore the wilderness.  Volunteering at the Norwalk River Watershed Association has given me the chance to work with people who are knowledgeable and experienced.


I am excited to intern at the Wilton Land Conservation Trust!

Anna Morello

My name is Anna Morello and I am a Junior at Wilton High School. Environmental Sustainability has always been an utmost priority for me.  I hope to study environmental sciences and sustainability in college. I try to maintain a sustainable lifestyle by reducing overall consumption, purchasing mostly secondhand clothes, following a plant-based diet, and staying well-informed about our climate crisis.


I enjoy hiking, biking, and anything outdoors. Over the summer, I had the opportunity of volunteering at a Wildlife conservation center in Alaska, where we cleared invasive species from vital ecosystems and restored natural habitats. This experience solidified my interest in pursuing the environmental sciences, in college and beyond. I am so excited to have the wonderful opportunity to intern at Wilton Land Conservation Trust this year!

Ethan Lipper

My name is Ethan Lipper; I am a junior at Wilton High School. Spending time outdoors is something that I enjoy a lot, and I try to do it whenever I have the chance. Walking my dogs, going on hikes, running, skiing, biking, and playing soccer are just a few examples of the things I like to do outdoors. Honestly, one of my favorite things is just going out and exploring nature; I enjoy finding new places, plants, wild animals, etc.
I know how important it is for me and everyone else to protect the environment so we can continue enjoying nature. By interning at the Wilton Land Conservation Trust, I hope that I can help conserve and improve the environment in which I currently live. I'm looking forward to working with everyone at WLCT this year!

2021-2022 Field Ranger

2021-2022 WLCT Intern 

Gavin Fusco

My name is Gavin Fusco, and I am a senior at Wilton High School. I’ve always been interested in STEM-related subjects and hope to find innovative ways to solve real-world problems. I am an active member of the engineering and chemistry clubs, where I enjoy collaborating with my peers.

In 2021, I started volunteering for the Wilton Land Conservation Trust. I participated in the Stewardship Sunday Series, where we cleared walking trails and planted chestnut trees. 


“What originally started as volunteer work transformed into a major learning experience, which inspired me to further my involvement within the WLCT organization as their Ranger."


In the Summer of 2021, I joined the WLCT as its Field Ranger and Open Space Steward to broaden my understanding of conservation science, assist with the administrative processes involved in land management, lead engaging workshops, and enrich the greater Wilton community.


“I look forward to continuing my collaboration with the WLCT, and in my new position, I hope to provide a fun and enriching volunteer experience for others in our community.”

Jill Roberts

My name is Jill Roberts, and I am a Junior at Wilton High School. Since the age of two, I have always been passionate and curious about the outdoors.


I enjoy skiing, hiking the Appalachian Trail, SCUBA, and sailing. I have sailed around the Caribbean for the past six years as part of a three-week sailing camp in the British Virgin Islands. I earned PADI scuba certifications, culminating in the PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba certification. I plan to pursue marine biology, oceanography, or environmental science in college.


I look forward to interning at WLCT and contributing to the preservation of Wilton’s outdoor spaces.


2021 Interns & Field Ranger

Eli Grass — 2021 Field Ranger

& Open Space Steward

My name is Eli Grass, and I am a senior at Wilton High School. Over the years, I have immersed myself in studying our natural world. Whether it's operating and maintaining the Wilton High School greenhouse, caring for the animals of Ambler Farm, or working for the Wilton Land Conservation Trust, I'm dedicated to expanding my knowledge and preserving the environment, both locally and globally. I aspire to build and enhance a community around the environment, and when I am not working to protect the environment, I am photographing it. It's important to collaborate, which leads me to my overall goal in life, to share my work and photos with the public, hoping that it will inspire others to become involved in environmental conservation.

 Julia Elmasry — 2021 Spring & Summer Intern   

My name is Julia Elmasry, and I am a Junior at Wilton High School. I’ve lived in Wilton all my life, and I want to learn more about our community and the environment. I am a part of the Wilton Varsity Field Hockey team at the high school and the Indoor Track team. Additionally, I am involved in several clubs, including the National Honors Society, the Recycling Club, and the Marine Biology Club. I hope to study Environmental Engineering in college to learn to tackle and solve new ways to help our planet. I am excited to be interning with the Wilton Land Conservation Trust!

Sara Schneidman — 2021 Summer Intern

My name is Sara Schneidman, and I am a rising sophomore at Hamilton College.  I plan to major in biology with a concentration in ecology. I also enjoy studying Japanese, Spanish, history, and classical antiquity.
I served as a WLCT intern during the Spring of 2020. I planted wildflowers native to Ecoregion 59 as part of the Pollinator Pathway, I presented the WHS Organic Garden Club’s involvement in the Ecotype Project at the CT NOFA Conference, and I created a ​Google Earth tour of WLCT nature preserves in Wilton​.
I have a passion for the outdoors, spending much of my free time hiking with my dog, biking, rock climbing, and skiing. I am an Outing Club trip leader at Hamilton College and certified in Wilderness First Aid.

I am excited to rejoin the WLCT to help keep Wilton’s open spaces healthy and to support the land trust's conservation and restoration efforts. 


2020 Intern & Field Ranger

Eli Grass — 2021 Intern

My name is Eli Grass, and I am a senior at Wilton High School. Over the years, I have immersed myself in studying our natural world. Whether it's operating and maintaining the Wilton High School greenhouse, caring for the animals of Ambler Farm, or working for the Wilton Land Conservation Trust, I'm dedicated to expanding my knowledge and preserving the environment, both locally and globally. I aspire to build and enhance a community around the environment, and when I am not working to protect the environment, I am photographing it. It's important to collaborate, which leads me to my overall goal in life, to share my work and photos with the public, hoping that it will inspire others to become involved in environmental conservation.

Brett Gilman — 2021 Field Ranger

For almost a decade, Brett has been involved in organic agriculture and local conservation. His true love of nature and fierce passion for the environment has led him to be involved with almost all of the farming, gardening, and conservation organizations in Wilton. 

As the first-ever Field Ranger and Open Space Steward at the Wilton Land Conservation Trust, Brett will be touring all of the Land Trust properties and reporting on their condition and conservation values. His findings will be essential for the future growth and prosperity of the organization as the Land Trust determines how to manage properties for the future.

Executive Director: David McCarthy

A native Nutmegger, David brings enthusiasm, energy, experience, and a passion for building community and connecting people with nature. Listening is key," he said. "I'm new to the community, eager to listen to folks, and to get to know Wilton so we can develop the types of educational, recreational, and community enrichment programs that it would like to see more of," he said. "We want to create memorable experiences," he added. Together, we will advance environmental stewardship, expand educational programs, and develop new and exciting initiatives that will enhance the greater Wilton community," he said. 

 

David earned his Master's of Environmental Management from the Yale School of the Environment. His graduate work concentrated on forestry, natural resource management, climate change adaptation, and policy, as well as the practice of values-based communication and resilience. He sits on the Board of Directors for the South West Regional Conservation District and comes to us from the Town of Branford, CT, where he worked for the Department of Inland Wetlands and Natural Resources. There, he empowered community conservation, protected wetlands through land use regulation, served as the Town's Tree Warden, established the Town's commitment to Endangered Species Day, and advanced the Town's application for the Sustainable CT certificate program. 

 

David brings experience from Yale University's Urban Resources Initiative (a nonprofit that's engaged in environmental education, community forestry, and capacity building). There, he fostered community-based stewardship with diverse neighborhood groups and coached high school interns as part of a street tree planting program that provides kids with marketable job skills and leadership training. As the lead writer and graphic designer for Yale Climate Connections (a multimedia web-based environmental journal and radio show), he defined the organization's brand, tone, and visual identity through the development and management of diverse narratives for social media.

 

David has written policy for the International Union for Conservation of Nature in Washington, DC, built governmental relations for the Secretariat of the Regional Environmental Program in Apia, Samoa, collaborated on climate change adaptation projects for PCI Media Impact in NYC, NY, supported sustainability initiatives for small island developing states as part of a coastal resilience fellowship with the Global Island Partnership, farmed organic vegetables on once-vacant lots throughout New Haven, CT, to provide food for the city’s most vulnerable families, and taught English in Beijing, China. 

  

He’s brought home best practices in community-based forestry from the Black Forest, where he studied silviculture through an immersion program in partnership with the Technical University of Munich, Germany. He enjoys world travel, astronomy, photography, and spending time outdoors with his wife Kelly, and two-year-old daughter, Clara.

 

"I have an open-door policy, and I want to hear from you," he said. David is looking forward to creating an even more environmentally conscious Wilton, getting more people excited about nature, and fulfilling WLCT's mission of conserving and protecting land for future generations to enjoy.