Please tell us why you are interested in serving on the CWMA Board of Directors:
I have been an active member of CWMA for two years, and currently serve on the Training Committee. I believe that, as the owner of a small business focused on ecological restoration of modest private acreages in our mountain communities, I can bring a unique perspective on noxious weed management to the Board of Directors. I see my training, experiences and perspectives in this field as aligning well with CWMA’s mission “to help strengthen the field of science-based invasive species management”, especially in the realm of private landowner education and stewardship.
Please describe your relevant education and/or career background:
Since 2020, when I started Fireweed Ecological Services LLC, I have been working with and for mountain landowners on noxious weed and land restoration issues. My goal is to help them understand and steward their own properties regarding noxious weed control, and implement some management practices for them (mainly herbicide applications) when requested.
I have an undergraduate degree and PhD in Ecology from Durham University in England, to which I have added certificates in Park Ranger Technology and Natural Resource Management from Red Rocks Community College. I am a certified commercial pesticide applicator with qualified supervisor status in rangeland, industry and right of way, turf and ornamental.
I have also sub-contracted with Ark Ecological Services LLC since 2019, working on larger open space properties owned by cities, HOAs and other entities along the Front Range, which has exposed me to a broader range of habitats, noxious weeds, management techniques and governing authorities than soley with my own mountain clients.
Please tell us a little about yourself or any other important information:
Besides loving my daily duties out in the field working with native and introduced plant species to restore natural ecosystems, I am passionate about the importance of landowner education and cross-boundary collaboration. I view my mission as a vital part of the big picture in keeping our landscapes healthy and functioning. I use my training as a former Certified Interpretive Guide in outreach activities such as community presentations on noxious weeds on behalf of my business and Teller-Park Conservation District. I am also a long-time advocate on forest health and wildfire preparedness issues, honed on managing my own 43 acres of forested land, and act as a volunteer educator with local and state-wide forest health and wildfire preparedness organizations such as The Colorado Tree Farm Program and Colorado State Forest Service, Rotary Wildfire Ready, Fire Adapted Bailey and Firewise USA.
I would be honored to work alongside (and learn from) others on the board whose backgrounds and areas of expertise are similar to, or very different from mine, in our common goal of promoting the mission and vision of CWMA.