Grant Peterson

Meet Grant Peterson, NASF’s summer intern!

The 2022 James Hubbard Intern for Policy and Communications is here! Please join us in welcoming Grant Peterson to the NASF team.

Grant just finished his second year at Mississippi State University where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in wildlife, fisheries, and aquaculture with a minor in environment and sustainability. He is thrilled to have the chance to advocate for forests by working with the wonderful team at NASF this summer.

Grant Peterson, NASF's 2022 summer intern

Grant is eager to contribute standout writing, creativity, and enthusiasm to both the communications and policy teams over the next three months. His goals for the summer include developing successful strategies for educating the public and gaining a better understanding of how science informs policy decisions. In addition to his NASF internship, Grant is part of the Demmer Scholars Program and is excited to learn about the ins and outs of policymaking, form connections with like-minded peers, and explore Washington D.C. (specifically the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History).

Being from Mississippi, Grant is well-acquainted with the bottomland forests that dominate much of the state’s natural environment. Going on trips to the nearby Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge sparked his love of wildlife and nature at an early age. This past year, he also developed an interest in trees and forest ecology while taking a dendrology course. He even took second place in dendrology at The Wildlife Society’s 2022 Southeastern Conclave.

At Mississippi State, Grant holds leadership positions in The Wildlife Society and Students for a Sustainable Campus, two organizations that spread the message of natural resource stewardship. In the future, he hopes to conduct practical research that helps policymakers understand the effects of climate change on forested ecosystems.

Want to say “welcome” to our newest intern? You can reach Grant by email at intern@stateforesters.org.