Name: Nora Hargett

Pronouns: She/Her

Dates with ACE: 10/18/2021-1/8/2022

Position with ACE: GIS Member, New River Gorge National Park and Preserve

Nora Hargett at New River Gorge

Q: How did you first get involved in your field of interest?

A: While studying Wildlife Ecology in college, I found I was very interested in the spatial aspect of animal behavior. This led me to minor in GIS. I fell in love with the capabilities of the software and found it extremely useful in my research. I have always wanted to get more professional experience with mapping, so I am very thankful for this position. It has definitely strengthened my understanding.

Q: What has been your favorite project or task that you have worked on so far, and why?

A: My favorite project has been locating property markers. We needed to update our boundary data and to do this, we went in search for boundary markers. These can take the form of trees, rebar, and rock formations. It has been fun to learn so much about something I had no knowledge on before. And searching for property markers can feel like a scavenger hunt!

Q: What do you like most about serving at New River Gorge National Park and what recommendations do you have for anyone visiting during the winter months?

A: I have enjoyed getting to learn about a new landscape and culture. It also doesn’t hurt to be surrounded by beautiful scenery every day! During the winter, I would recommend the Fayetteville Trail. When the leaves are off, the trail provides nice views of the bridge. It is also a lighter trafficked trail with enough elevation change to keep you warm!

Q: What is your favorite winter activity?

A: I love hiking after a fresh dusting of snow, it makes everything feel so magical. I also love a cozy day inside with tea and crafts!

Nora Hargett Standing in Lilly Pond

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