I began my career in the outdoors at 12 years old mowing lawns in my neighborhood with dreams of becoming either a lumberjack or a park ranger. In the hopes of realizing these visions, I attended the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, graduating in 1998 with a B.S in Forestry (Recreation). I went on to work as a naturalist, trip leader, outdoor educator and guide, often spending the weeks and months in very remote wilderness settings across the western US and Alaska. In 2005 I was hired on with BLM as an Outdoor Recreation Planner in Alaska, performing survey and inventory of motorized and non-motorized recreation trails. Over the next decade I worked as a survey technician for BLM Cadastral Survey, a park ranger in southern Arizona and then for the Forest Service as a recreation permit administrator, snow ranger, over-snow vehicle/winter sports program manager and OHV manager. Currently I am an Outdoor Recreation Planner for the BLM Paria RIier District in Kanab, Utah managing a diverse recreation program on over 1.3 million acres of public lands in the beautiful desert southwest.