I oversee loggers to help control erosion and sedimentation. I work with landowners to check out projects we cost share (tree planting, fruit tree pruning for wildlife, thinning a woods to improve growth, etc.). I also oversee harvests on eased properties to ensure they meet water quality requirements.
On a typical workday, I lead students on a tour of a drinking water reservoir and surrounding forest, recommend watershed forestry teaching materials to teachers, plan a teacher training event, and end my day discussing an landowner’s stewardship goals with my coworkers.
My job is primarily administrative. I ensure WAC’s funders, the NYC Department of Environmental Protection and the US Forest Service, receive the maximum benefit from their investment in WAC. I also make sure my staff has the resources and support they need to do their best.
On a typical day I may spend time in the office doing GIS work (a computer mapping program) before going out to the field and walking a logging job with a logger or discussing land management activities with a landowner.
The priority for me right now is MyWoodlot, so most days you’ll find me on the site managing everything from development and content to maintenance and Search Engine Optimization. At other times, it’s anything but typical.
My main role is to do research that provides insights about the reach and effectiveness of various WAC Forestry Program components, such as sharing the cost of implementing BMPs with loggers or helping them to track their harvesting costs. There are no typical days, which I think is great!