SW Oregon Field Forester
Amanda comes to AFRC with a passion to influence sustainable forest management in the pacific northwest, namely southwestern Oregon. She grew up in Minnesota, where she first fell in love with the woods. She discovered managing forests could be a career, so she studied the forest ecosystem in school at Colorado State University where she earned a bachelors degree in forest management and forest biology. Her senior year, she was awarded a Pathways position with the US Forest Service as a Timber Intern on the Hiawatha National Forest. While working full time, she obtained a graduate certificate in forest carbon science, policy, and management from Michigan State University. During this time, Amanda presented a few brown bag lunch seminars and wrote a white paper on current knowledge of forest carbon and research needs on the Hiawatha National Forest. She was converted to a permanent Pre-sale Forester soon after completion of her schooling. In addition to her assigned work as a forester, Amanda served as the LGBT Special Emphasis Program Manager where she promoted diversity and inclusion through education and open dialog. She also took on the role of east zone representative for the Green Team due to her education in forest carbon studies.
An active member of the Society of American Foresters, Amanda lives in Eugene with her little cat, Okie. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, hiking, bouldering, and seeing live music. In the winter you may also catch her on the slopes snowboarding.