The Ebb & Flow

Meet Our 2021 Summer Interns



We would like to formally introduce you to our summer interns! Through researching the history of the lands we conserve, performing economic analyses, and organizing community outreach surrounding new projects, our interns have been hard at work utilizing their skills and learning about the process that makes our mission possible.

DAVID HAGLER

David Hagler is the Place History Research Intern at Lowcountry Land Trust. This summer, David has been exploring the history of LLT’s regional territories and sharing historical narratives that convey the cultural significance of conservation in the Lowcountry.

As a rising senior at Davidson College, he is majoring in History and minoring in Classical Studies. David has spent considerable time studying American and Southeast Asian history during his time in Charlotte. During the past three years, he has directed his free time to working at the Davidson Farm and leading trips for Davidson Outdoors. As a Rome, Georgia native, David hopes to explore the Lowcountry this summer on his kayak and mountain bike. Looking ahead, David hopes to remain within the environmental field committed to preserving our natural spaces.

GRACE BEISCHEL

Grace Beischel is the Angel Oak Intern at Lowcountry Land Trust. This summer, Grace had been responsible for helping progress the mission of the Angel Oak Effect and Angel Oak Preserve.

Grace is a Clemson University senior majoring in Environmental and Natural Resources with minors in Sustainability and Parks and Conservation Area Management. After graduation in December 2021, she will use her work ethic, a multitude of skills, and positive attitude to serve her community and help the planet. At Clemson, Grace’s classes ranged from hard science with quantifiable outcomes to park management and whitewater kayaking. Her outdoorsy nature led her to the Fire Tigers, the all-student wildland firefighting crew, participating in two prescribed burns this spring, and earning her Red Card. She is a founding member and current president of the Clemson chapter of the Student Association of Fire Ecology. She regularly volunteers with the Turtle Patrol at Botany Bay WMA on Edisto Island. 

THOMAS BLACK

Thomas Black is the Economic Analyst Intern at Lowcountry Land Trust. This summer, Thomas had been estimating the economic impact of preserved land based on functions including stormwater mitigation, water filtration, ecological diversity, carbon offset, and air quality.

Thomas is a senior at Clemson University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness and a minor in Forest Resource Management. With a combination of business and forestry coursework, Thomas seeks to implement forestry expertise and best management practices to optimize economic benefit for landowners while stewarding natural resources and wildlife. In the future, Thomas has aspirations to expand his knowledge by achieving a Master’s in Forest Resources with an emphasis in Forest Business and ultimately hopes to pursue a career in land management-related fields. At an early age, Thomas realized his passion for the outdoors through hunting and fishing, which in college inspired him and a fellow classmate to form a community service club at Clemson known as “SC Sweeps” that strives to remove waste from wetlands and woodlands in the Lowcountry and Upstate regions of South Carolina. In this position, Thomas recognized the power of community and the importance of working outdoors to maintain its natural beauty. 






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