I am Phillip Hall, a senior at William Monroe High School. I am currently involved in a vast variety of activities. I have a passion for music which drives me to try and master guitar, mandolin, and flute right now. Guitar is my main instrument and I plan to be the guitarist for our up and coming jazz band and my high school. I am also an outdoors enthusiast. I go hiking as much as I can and I just got into mountain biking. Some prior experience I have working in this field is the Youth Conservation Corps volunteering in a state park for three weeks. This passion for the outdoors is what is leading me to do an internship based on conservation of the national forests in Virginia. 

    I am doing my internship with Wild Virginia, a non-profit organization that aims to protect the national forests in Virginia from the impeding forces of corporate development. Currently, Wild Virginia's main focus is to keep the Atlantic Coast Pipeline out of Virginia. They are putting Virginia's citizens and interns such as myself to the task of researching and monitoring things that may have to do with the pipeline. 
    Working with my mentors David Sligh and Misty Boos, I will be conducting research with Wild Virginia and helping them with volunteer efforts. 
    The main focus of my research will be how to better manage and decommission forest roads. This topic is very important and relevant because many forest roads cause erosion and forest fragmentation, but when they are decommissioned they can cause even more erosion and introduce invasive species into the previously native forest. My focus for community service will also be environmentally based. I will be volunteering with Wild Virginia during the fall and winter. Leading hikes, testing water quality, and teaching children are a few of the possibilities I will have. I have been certified by trout unlimited to test water quality in creeks throughout Virginia. I also plan to help lead a hike with a master naturalist this spring. 
    I have devised ideas on how to help the Forest Service reduce the adverse effects of forest roads on ecosystems surrounding them. My research paper can be found here. It gives an in depth history of the Forest Service and gives ideas on how to make the forest road system more environmentally neutral. 
  "As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives."  - Henry David Thoreau 

Recent Journals

  • Time to Plan I have everything finished for my paper so I won't have to worry about that. Now I have to focus on preparing my presentation. I plan to present some ...
    Posted Feb 22, 2017, 11:33 AM by Phillip Hall
  • Week of February 6th I haven't written a journal in a while because I have been working on my paper. Having finished my rough draft I need to revise my paper and fix ...
    Posted Feb 16, 2017, 11:37 AM by Phillip Hall
  • Week of January 3rd This week I completed my outline. I had to dig a bit deeper into my sources than I had before so I would be able to get as much data ...
    Posted Jan 11, 2017, 11:43 AM by Phillip Hall
  • Week of December 5th I read the article "4 Ways Your College Classes Will be Different from Your High School Classes". Just as I expected, it started out talking about how the classes will ...
    Posted Dec 9, 2016, 11:59 AM by Phillip Hall
  • My Best Experience My internship has been a great experience overall. Everybody I have worked with is knowledgeable and insightful so I have been learning throughout the entire process. Some of my field ...
    Posted Nov 28, 2016, 11:39 AM by Phillip Hall
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