Despite being born and raised in the South, I am living in the Rocky Mountains, where I was meant to be! As a proud graduate of Texas A&M University, I have worked in the environmental consulting business and I am pursuing a Masters degree at Utah State University called Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Management . As a research assistant for the SageSTEP project, I am learning about the rehabilitation of sagebrush-steppe habitat. My passion in life is to help land owners and land developers conserve land and to assist them with the government compliance (National Environmental Policy Act) aspects of dealing with land management. I am an avid history buff and love to study environmental law and politics.
SRM (Society for Range Management) IASNR (International Association of Society and Natural Resources) SWCS (Soil and Water Conservation Society) TNC (The Nature Conservancy) Association of Former Students (Alumni Organization of Texas A&M University) 12th Man Foundation (Athletic Foundation for Texas Aggie Sports) E-LAW (Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide) Texas A&M Club of Utah ( Alumni Organization of Utah A&M Graduates ) Free & Accepted Masons, Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite, and the El Kalah Shriners of Utah (A.A.O.N.M.S.)
Cache Valley Community Wetland Restoration
|Link to an Article on KSL.com – the Associated Press picked up the article too!Link to Article in USU Statesman Newspaper about College of Natural Resources student involvment: Photo of members of USU’s Range Club.
A wonderful family has decided to restore the wetland habitat in their backyard. Dr. John and Ann Ribera have the passion and perseverance to do what is necessary to reclaim their land that has been invaded by noxious weeds. In the spring of 2008, they plan to plant wetland vegetation and create a buffer zone along neighboring Spring Creek to prevent bank erosion. When the Ribera’s bought their property 7 years ago, their backyard was a gorgeous wetland full of many species of birds and other wildlife. Due to drought conditions, they slowly lost the wetland vegetation and ponds that attracted the water fowl. Currently, I am performing a pro bono wetland delineation on the Ribera’s property that must be approved by the Army Corps of Engineers. In 2008, we hope to procure grants from government agencies and non-government organizations as well. The Ribera’s land is adjacent to Cutler Marsh which is a 10,000 acre wetland preserve located in Cache Valley, Utah.