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Welcome our NEW Community Forester, Rachel!

December 14, 2015

My name is Rachel Pittman and I am excited to be joining the Sacramento Tree Foundation as the newest Community Forester! A little about myself, I grew up locally here in Roseville. I spent most of my childhood playing sports and through that time developed an appreciation of the outdoors and the majestic oaks which populate many of our local parks. 

I recently received my undergraduate degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in Anthropology and Geography. Living on the central coast, my love of the outdoors developed into an obsession and I spent most of my time hiking, camping, at the beach, and exploring the region. I quickly became passionate about the human impact I was seeing on these splendid natural resources and this directed my studies. As I continued to learn about the environment and people’s role, I couldn’t shake my fascination with California’s oak woodlands. I spent as much time as possible in them or reading about them, which is how I got in contact with the Tree Foundation! After learning about this organization I was hooked. This summer I had the opportunity to be an iTree Eco intern collecting data as a part of a long-term urban forest assessment on the health and wellness of Sacramento’s urban forest and the benefits it provides to our city. I could not be happier to be back as a full-time employee with an organization that loves this city and our trees as much as I do. The passion and commitment I have been a part of my one short week here is contagious and I am thrilled to be working with all of you to grow the best urban forest in the nation!