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Welcome Loren, our new Restoration Specialist!

By Loren O’Rourke

April 2, 2017

Howdy! I am the Sacramento Tree Foundation’s new Restoration Specialist!

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 forests.

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 natural world.

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 Foundation.

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.