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We share unique perspectives on environmental news, issues and lifestyles. We are passionate about forests and their connection to our everyday lives. We encourage dialogue, discussion and engagement around all things related to the environment.
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Growing up just north of Boston, Amanda often finds herself reminiscing about vibrant fall foliage, maple syrup and the smell of salty sea air. Even though she’s been in Washington, D.C. for two years, she will always be a New England girl at heart.
“Ever since I can remember, I’ve always had a love for the outdoors — whether it’s a camping trip in the woods or just running through a sprinkler on a hot summer day. By working to protect the environment, I’m hoping that future generations will also get the chance to enjoy everything that nature has to offer.”
Amanda has been a member of the American Forests team for three years. She loves being active and enjoying the outdoors. You might spot her on one of the district’s bike trails, at a Nationals game or at a local farmer’s market on the weekends.
A proud Hoosier — her family has lived in Indiana for generations upon generations — Michelle can’t imagine living somewhere where she couldn’t enjoy all four seasons, has an unnatural affection for corn and is a bit of a shutterbug.
“Some of my fondest memories growing up are related to our natural world. Snow skiing in the winter. Trips to the local nurseries in the spring. Relaxing on the front porch with my family watching a rainstorm roll through in the summer. Apple and pumpkin picking in the fall. Mother Nature is truly remarkable, and I love that I can make my living preserving and protecting her every day.”
Michelle has been with American Forests for more than a year and has years of nonprofit experience. Having often been accused of having an “unhealthy knowledge of pop culture,” it’s no surprise to find Michelle in front of her television, curled up with a book, in the stands at a sports event or in the audience of a play.
Melinda Housholder — American Forests’ Urban Forests Program director discusses the world of trees in cities, aka urban forests, each month on the third Tuesday.
Alison Share — Crowell & Moring LLP‘s environmental public policy and torts associate joins the American Forests family on the fourth Tuesday each month to provide a legal perspective on new environmental policy, court decisions and laws.
Scott Steen — American Forests’ CEO appears occasionally to share information on American Forests’ work, important policy or other environmental news.
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