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Welcoming our New Urban Wood Rescue Program Manager, Glen!

February 23, 2016

I love the great outdoors! My name is Glen Gervin. I am the newest member of the Sacramento Tree Foundation (STF) staff. I’ve been on-board for a couple of weeks now and I am already extremely impressed with the organization and people who comprise it. The staff is friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, dedicated, and hard-working. I feel proud to now be part of STF!

I am also proud to call myself a native son of Sacramento. I was born in the old Sutter Memorial Hospital downtown. My Dad worked for the state of California at that time, before being hired by a company located in the Bay Area, which is where, for the most part, my sister and I grew up. I completed my education there, but I’ve got to be honest with you, my background is anything but urban forestry-related. I have Bachelor’s degrees in Microbiology and Electrical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. In my former career, I served the Department of Defense contractor community as a systems engineer, where I helped develop command, control, communications, and information systems for military intelligence applications. In that former life, I also gained considerable experience in program management, which is primarily how I landed at the Sacramento Tree Foundation.

I have been hired to help initiate the Urban Wood Rescue Program, under which we will partner with local communities to reclaim wood from trees that need to come down due to old age, disease, or damage. The program is being funded through Cal Fire’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Fund and will recycle trees otherwise destined for local landfills. By reusing these trees, the program will divert logs from the urban waste stream, reduce GHG emissions, and sequester carbon for longer periods of time. This will be accomplished by milling logs into raw wood products which will then be made available to local woodworkers and thereby turned into useful wood products.

Much of my career was spent in the Bay Area, but I had the opportunity to move my family back to the greater Sacramento region in 1993. My three children were raised here and my wife and I are now empty-nester residents of the City of Folsom.

There is nowhere else I would rather be than outside. I have always been this way. I enjoy hiking, fishing, camping, and backpacking as well as kayaking and canoeing. I am also an avid bicyclist. As such, I love our local community! I particularly enjoy the tree-studded American River Parkway, where my wife and I have spent many hours either riding the beautiful trail end-to-end, leisurely paddling the waterways along the tree-lined shores, or walking our dogs who enjoy the out-of-doors every bit as much as we do! This trail connects numerous communities in the region and would not have the same value without the amazing canopy offered by our urban forest. This canopy allows us to be outdoors even in the heat of the summer. It also provides habitat for a wonderful array of fauna, which further adds to the attractiveness of the region. It would be hard to imagine my life without trees!

Interested in learning more about the Urban Wood Rescue Program? Have ideas you’d like to share about urban wood reuse? Let’s chat! You can reach me at glen@sactree.com or (916) 974-4319.

“When was the last time you spent a quiet moment just doing nothing - just sitting and looking at the sea, or watching the wind blowing the tree limbs, or waves rippling on a pond, a flickering candle or children playing in the park?” - Ralph Marston