The One with the Goodbye

The month of May has brought a lot of change to the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest (UWC NF). The Natural Resources & Planning Staff Officer, Paul, retired after having been in the UWC NF for 31 years! I’m a particularly unique case in that I’m a Regional Office (RO) employee but am physically stationed and work out of the UWC NF Supervisors Office (SO) where Paul was my supervisor. Paul provided amazing mentorship and a wealth of knowledge during my first few months in the agency! He helped ensure I’d have a great start in the UWC and provided me with a lot of opportunities of growth. 


May was a particularly busy month! I was worked on addressing public comments regarding climate change on a grazing project in the High Uinta Wilderness, I worked on necessary preparations for the Regional Climate Change Coordinators’ Workshop that will take place in Boise next week, and I presented on Climate Change Policy and integration in front of the UWC NF Forest Leadership Team (FLT)! The FLT is comprised of all the District Rangers, Staff Officers, the Deputy Forest Supervisor, and the Forest Supervisor; to say I was nervous to present in front of the FLT is an understatement, but a very rewarding experience nonetheless!


Group of people walking by river

Spanish Fork Field Day

A Project to fix culverts in the Spanish Fork area took a bad turn when the construction company hired to do so made changes to the landscape that were not approved. The construction company widened a road that used to be a small one-way trail into 20-foot-wide passage! On this field day the soil scientist, hydrologist, botanist, and a group of engineers gathered together to assess the damages made and what could be done to mitigate the problem. Being one of the first field site visits I was invited to tag along!

Group of people out in mountains

Spanish Fork Field day

When assessing the damages made by the construction company the group of specialists focused on problems that could arise with erosion and invasive species. In this particular photo the specialists are looking at the boundaries of where the National Forest ends and private property begins. What used to be a gradual incline became a very steep slope with high potential for erosion.

Person presenting infront of group

SLC Climate Change Health Symposium

At the beginning of the month a wide variety of scientist and public health workers gathered together for a health symposium focused on the impacts of climate change on human health. Topics included indoor and outdoor air quality and mental health impacts from climate change. It was a great educational opportunity with an amazing turn out!

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