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We are Friends spotlight on Margaret Studer

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Staff Member Margaret Studer

Q: What is your favorite thing about Grand Rapids?
A: I like that Grand Rapids feels like a small town with the amenities of a big city.  I love being surrounded by art and culture while still living amongst a beautiful forest.

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
A: If I could live anywhere I would choose a place with mountains, a large body of water, and forests all within biking/walking distance.  I'm not sure where that is, but until then I'm happy with Grand Rapids!

Q: What advice would you give to young folks (or older folks) considering a career in forestry?
A: I would encourage anyone interested in pursuing a career in forestry to do so.  Forests are critical to our environment, our economy, and to our survival as a whole.  Understanding forestry means you understand wildlife ecology and biology, economics, limnology, entomology, and much more!  I can't stress the importance of this field enough and I hope my work encourages anyone interested in the forestry to pursue it.

Q: You've been at FGRP for a little over a year now. What has been your favorite FGRP event thus far and why?
A: I love Arbor Day because it is the only holiday that looks to the future instead of remembering the past.  Arbor Day in Grand Rapids means that FGRP, the City of Grand Rapids, community partners and residents all come together to celebrate trees and for a large spring planting.  It is a great event and I love being involved in it.

This is the seventh in a series of monthly profiles featuring the many people--staff, Board members, volunteers and more--who, together, are Friends of Grand Rapids Parks.

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