Society of american foresters
Being a member of the Society of American Foresters has provided me with an incredible amount of knowledge, inspiration and opportunities in the natural resources industry. Visiting the High Park Burn Area with wildland fire experts and talking with landowners impacted by the fire is just one example of the learning opportunities SAF allows. Although a favorite experience was presenting my thesis research at the recent SAF convention. This tight-knit community of foresters will surely prove to be an invaluable resource in my future academic experience and career.
This sport has really become more of a lifestyle filled with a great community, mental and physical fitness, and a deep respect for the places I climb. Places such as Rocky Mountain National Park further my interest in the environment and continue to encourage my love of public lands. Volunteering for the Northern Colorado Climbers Coalition and engaging with that community takes up a significant portion of my free-time.
Backpacking, like climbing, has added to my love of forests and interest in their complexities. It has also helped me develop an understanding for the different forest types, spending time in the dry pinon-juniper forests one weekend and the subalpine spruce-fir the next. I see this activity as less of a hobby and more of a skill. This photo is from the Four Pass Loop near Aspen, my favorite trip thus far.
Cooking and Food
I’ve always been jealous of those people who love something so fiercely that they are rarely bored of it. Whatever that passion was, I never felt the same. I love a lot of things (see rock climbing above), but over the last few years I think I finally understand. I never tire of cooking with plant-based ingredients or sharing meals with those I love, and that is exciting. If you want to get to know another side of me, have a look at my food blog I recently started as a side project, because, you know, I’m not busy enough already!