Hello! I’m Laren, and I am committed to finding durable, innovative solutions to social and environmental problems. A challenge of this magnitude requires committed, impassioned planners to ensure informed and responsible action is taken by decision-makers. I currently work at the intersection of public land governance and science to better inform federal decision-makers and bridge the gap between diverse stakeholders to find durable, legally defensible, innovative solutions. To date, three of my research projects have directly resulted in a change in action or the reauthorization of a USFS authority.
My thesis work is two-pronged, and includes a true-cost study of three Colorado wildfires as well as an evaluation of the collaborative, restoration focused Joint Chiefs program, an authority of the USFS. Along with finishing my thesis, I work as the Program Associate for the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition with the goal of elevating rural concerns to federal decision-makers. I’m currently developing a product regarding the status and use of the Good Neighbor Authority across western states. This past year, I served as co-lead of the Forestry and Public Lands Committee of Colorado State University’s Environmental Policy Awareness Coalition. I received my undergraduate degree in journalism with a minor in environmental affairs from Colorado State University while serving as a senior reporter for the Rocky Mountain Collegian, covering natural resource issues and emerging energy policy.
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