When I think about things that are big, epic, exciting, and life-changing, I think about the outdoors. I grew up in the country catching turtles and frogs. In college, I studied the environment in general and forests in particular. I’m currently doing my best to live a simple, intentional life that’s never too far removed from nature.

I started writing online as a way to reflect more on nature and how it affects our everyday lives. The more I learn, the more I’m convinced that nature is a cornerstone for personal performance and community vibrancy—in short, we need to have nature in our lives in order to live our best life. My writing has evolved over several years, and lately I’ve been focused on my garden and the woods near my house.

Is it counter-intuitive to have a website to help me spend more time away from screens and in nature? I’ve certainly asked myself that question more than once, but I’ve found that writing helps me better appreciate the benefits that I get from spending time outside and encourages me to do more of it. And I hope it helps other people in the same way.

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My Backstory

I’ve always loved nature, ever since I was orphaned as a baby and raised by wolves. Just kidding!—ever since I was little and grew up spending tons of time outside. I tagged along with my dad on his work as a fisherman, trapper, and many more things.  (more…)

My Day Job

I work with a variety of public and private land management and conservation organizations to help forest ecosystems adapt to changing conditions. This involves communicating the effects of climate change on regional forests and working with managers to develop real-world examples of climate change adaptation. (more…)