Alumnus Nicolas Pietroniro ‘21 recently began a new position as a Conservation Agent in the town of Southampton. Pietroniro is already a part-time conservation agent in the town of Becket and specializes in wetland preservation.
It’s essential to protect wetlands, Pietroniro said, “because of what we call the ecosystem services they provide. Wetlands are responsible for recharging our groundwater, which includes our public drinking, private drinking and well water supplies.”
“As we fill in more wetlands we see more flooding, more overflow of streams. In general, they are incredibly important as a wildlife habitat,” Pietroniro said. “They are probably the most important…ecosystem we have, for wildlife, just due to the amount of species diversity, both plant and wildlife, that you can find there.”
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