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Watershed Agricultural Council
Street: 1275 Hanover Street
City: Yorktown Heights
Phone: (914) 962-6355 ext. 21
Where were you born and raised? I was born and raised in coastal Maine - but I’m not a sailor! I was raised a landlubber and grew up hiking, camping, biking, and canoeing.
What is your educational background? I studied biology and anthropology at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. After graduating, I did ecology research in the Colorado Rockies and Arizona desert before returning east to work as a community gardener in New York City. I earned my Masters of Science in Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where I researched family forest owners’ awareness of conservation options for their land. This project opened my eyes to how important family forest owners are in deciding the future of our forests.
Briefly describe your home life. I live in Astoria, Queens. I get my daily dose of “vitamin N” (nature) by volunteering in my local park and tending my garden of houseplants.
How long have you worked for WAC and what office do you work from? I began working as the WAC Watershed Educator in February, 2014. I work out of our office in Yorktown Heights, but I also do a lot of my work in New York City.
What is your job at WAC? Briefly describe your typical day. I teach teachers and students about the NYC Watershed and how healthy forests are essential to water quality protection. I run our Urban Rural Education Initiative programs, including the Watershed Forestry Institute for Teachers (WFIT) and the Watershed Forestry Bus Tour program, and I help out with logger and landowner education efforts. 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 upcoming logger training event with my coworkers.
What are your favorite MWL Interests? My favorite MyWoodlot Interest is Leaving a Legacy. These resources help family forest owners navigate the complex world of conservation-based estate planning by starting with simple activities. My Woodlot does a great job breaking down big decisions into small steps in order to help landowners move forward in the direction they want.
What are your favorite MWL Activities? Walk My Land with My Family Read Other Landowners’ Experiences with Legacy Planning Discover Options for Leaving a Legacy
Describe your favorite experience in the woods. In May 2015, 3rd graders from Brooklyn with their 4th grade pen pals from Windham Ashland Jewett Central School summited Windham Mountain together in the Catskills as part of our Green Connections program. Seeing the city kids run through fields, skip down forest roads, and gaze in wonder at green mountains for the first time in their lives was a thrilling moment. They were astounded, energized and smiling from ear to ear, reinforcing in me the importance of helping all kids get into nature so they can feel the joy of being connected to our big, beautiful, living world.