I spent much of my youth climbing trees and chasing racer snakes in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. As an adult, I am grateful to have explored some of the most remote regions of the Sierra.
While attempting to restore grasslands in the Santa Cruz Mountains, I experienced first hand the irrevocable impacts humans have on wild spaces. While traveling through various countries in South America, my family’s country of New Zealand, and wild lands of the US, I was heartened that we have so many natural areas that still retain much of their historic integrity.
Climate change, population growth, and the many unknowns about our natural world make ecosystem management all the more challenging in an era of rapid change. It is up to us to explore, discover, and improve our treatment of this incredible earth.
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