Originally hailing from SW Wisconsin, and a recent Utah resident, I will be leading the Angeles National Forest Fire Recovery Team this summer. After several years in the military and a year in the desert, I decided to let Uncle Sam pay for my college. I am a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, where I majored in Geography with a minor in Earth Science.
I first began my journey with the SCA in the summer of 2008, where I was a FIREMON crew member both in Bismarck, ND and in Havre, MT. This experience opened my eyes to the role we each share in conservation. While continuing college, I worked at the Trempealeau Fish and Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin. Among my many tasks was the removal of invasive species. I quickly came to realize the need for proper treatment and removal to stop the spread of these species. During the summer of 2010, I studied heavy metal soil contamination in Albania, using x-ray fluorescence and GIS. Soon after this very hot and dirty experience, I graduated college and moved to sunny southern Utah, which brings us to today.
I am super pumped for this season continuing my work with the SCA Fire Program. Other than the times I will be removing invasive species from Angeles National Forest, you can find me frequenting the local trails and sites.