Speaker Bio

Born and raised in Sacramento, California, Sarah grew up exploring the Sierra Nevada Mountains. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology from the UC, Davis and a Masters Degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Northern Arizona University. Before coming to TNC she worked as a biologist for the Arizona Game and Fish Department monitoring endangered fish on the Colorado River and as an environmental consultant completed regulatory compliance documents for land management and infrastructure projects throughout the Southwest. Sarah is currently working to redefine how natural systems and urban communities interact here in New Mexico.

Title: Building Communities One Tree at a Time


While we face rising temperatures and limited water, how can an urban forest save our community? One tree at a time. Albuquerque is losing trees at an alarming rate and we must plan for a future with higher temperatures and uncertainty in our rainfall quality and patterns. Bringing together experts to understand which tree species will be able to withstand these threats will inform how we rebuild our urban forest canopy, cool our city, and reinvigorate our social interaction with nature. The Nature Conservancy is working hard to help municipalities and residents alike understand the healing power of trees, even in the desert. Creating an urban forest that addresses water use patterns, utilizes stormwater as a resource, and is comprised of drought tolerant species will go a long way to improving our urban environment. We will highlight some of our ongoing projects in Albuquerque and how we are weaving in a workforce development aspect to our program.

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