Dear NALMC Community:
I am excited to be working with NALMC as its Landowner Outreach Coordinator. I have been fortunate enough to have worked in land stewardship for the past 15 years. During that time I worked with many different landowners, all with different views on what open space meant to them and with varying management goals. When I was first introduced to NALMC’s vision and goals, I was immediately drawn to the idea of using natural communities as our guide rather than property boundaries, and at the same time respecting the goals of the individual landowner. I am looking forward to promoting their vision both within their own community and introducing their innovative approach to others.
Teaching runs in my blood, having been raised by two teachers (an art and a vocational teacher). They instilled in me the importance of education, the value to a community in supporting education and the tremendous social power in educating everyone. After college, I taught high school for a year and although I loved teaching, was stricken by the paperwork and time commitment involved in working in a public system. My career shifted to conservation stewardship, which combined my background in natural resources and love of nature with my enjoyment of teaching. One of the most enjoyable aspects of my previous work was engaging with landowners and connecting with them in nature, on land that was the most important to them, their own. Because of my background and proclivity for teaching, I often found myself presenting workshops and nature based field trips.
In addition to my belief in NALMC’s innovative and insightful approach, this position offers me the time and flexibility to engage in stewardship while I raise my two young nature lovers. They have already learned it’s important to use all of your senses while exploring and like me, appreciate the journey along the trail and are awed by the view too.