Forests and Community Program Director
As the Forests and Community Program Director, I lead projects related to forestry and natural resource planning, education, and community outreach and engagement. My most recent work taps into my lived and professional experiences working alongside Tribes and Indigenous communities to apply Indigenous Knowledge System frameworks to forest and natural resource planning, while centering the community’s values, needs, and goals. I enjoy working with communities to bring vibrant storytelling about forests, foods, and fire to life, through a variety of mediums including videos and experiential field tours. My work grounds itself in authentic relationships and accountability between organizations, Tribes, and BIPOC communities and organizations.
I am an enrolled member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe. In 2020, I earned a Sustainable Forest Management, Master of Forestry degree from Oregon State University, and also hold degrees from Humboldt State University (MA) and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (BA).
Stephanie co-authors this blog post on growing Indigenous forest stewardship and climate-smart forestry in partnership with the Hoopa Valley Tribe.
Stephanie writes about her visit to the Swinomish Reservation to gather with Tribal members and partake in a traditional clambake.