I spent much of my youth climbing trees and chasing racer snakes in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. My passion for the outdoors has led me to some of the most remote places in the lower 48, and has inspired a life-long commitment to ecosystem stewardship.
While directing grassland restoration projects in the Santa Cruz Mountains, I experienced first hand the irrevocable impacts humans have on wild spaces. Heartened by my travels through various countries in South America, my family’s country of New Zealand, and wild lands of the US, I also know we have so many natural areas that still retain much of their ecological integrity.
Climate change, habitat conversion, ecological surprises, and the many unknowns about our natural world make ecosystem management all the more challenging. It is up to us to explore, discover, and improve our treatment of this incredible earth.