Max Schrimpf is rocking timber sports, his forest internship with Ohio Division of Forestry, and surveying for insects!

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I currently am a college student, about to go into my 5th year at The Ohio State University. I was born and raised here in Ohio. I started my college career at Wright State University wanting to pursue Meteorology but had to declare Geography as they did not have a program. I transferred to OSU as a sophomore and began as a meteorology major but after a semester decided that it really wasn’t for me (though I still really love weather). I changed my major to Forestry after thinking about what I really wanted to do, and thinking that I always wanted to work outdoors. I have worked a couple jobs in food service, both of which were as glamourous as they sound. For three summers after high school, I worked as the Assistant Ranger at my home Boy Scout Camp, doing various maintenance, landscaping, and coordinating with large groups about events. I was originally hired by the Ohio Division of Forestry back in February 2018 as an intern to paint state forest boundary. I’ve done that for 2 winter seasons. Currently, I serve as a summer forest health intern that works with our Hemlock program. We treat hemlock stands in southeastern Ohio for the Hemlock Wooley Adelgid. Our primary hemlock stands are in Hocking State Forest, which is where we are based out of. This area is most famous for Hocking Hills State Park, which houses such natural wonders as Old Man’s Cave, Cedar Falls, and Ash Cave. The state forest surrounds the state park. During the academic year, I work at the main office in Columbus, fulfilling various administrative tasks and conducting low-risk ALB surveys as well as helping to administer our Champion Tree Program. Outside of work I like to dabble in woodworking and photography, I also enjoy participating in timber sports with OSU’s forestry club.

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