Welcome Loren, our new Restoration Specialist!
By Loren O’Rourke
April 2, 2017
Howdy! I am the Sacramento Tree Foundation’s new Restoration
I recently transplanted myself to Sacramento from the
Snoqualmie Valley just east of Seattle, Washington. I spent the last two years
working as the Maintenance and Restoration Assistant for the Oxbow Center for
Agriculture and the Environment. Oxbow is another nonprofit organization with
deep roots in community and the environment. I worked hard there to manage invasive
species and expand restoration sites in wetlands, riparian buffer zones, and
My commitment to conservation began when I was twelve years
old. I attended a summer camp in my home town of Groton, Massachusetts geared
toward environmental appreciation and education. It was there that I filled my
first canoe with floating trash and felt the swell of pride that still fuels me
today. From that point on I concerned myself almost exclusively with the
After high school, I attended Warren Wilson College in
Asheville, North Carolina and received my Bachelors’ degree in Conservation
Biology. Since that point, I have used my education to work as an arborist, ornithologist,
restoration technician, and (finally) a restoration specialist. I am excited to
expand my effect on conservation from my new position at Sacramento Tree
I work and play in the outdoors. I enjoy backpacking, rock
climbing, mountain biking, enduro motorcycle riding, kayaking, and fly fishing.
There are not enough hours in the day for me to get my fill! I am excited to be
instrumental in creating the natural areas that I love so much. It is endlessly
important that future generations have access to these same natural resources.
Without exposure to these preserved natural areas, humans of the future may not
form a connection or appreciation for the environment. I hope that I will have
a chance to watch people make use of the shade and beauty of the trees we plant
here. That is the ultimate reward.