As a limited-term, part-time field technician, Ash joined the Land Trust team in March 2023 and will undertake important work on our preserves through December 2023. Originally from the southeast, Ash fell in love with Washington, and the Olympic Peninsula in particular, while walking across the state from east to west. Passing by the site of the Glines Canyon Dam during its deconstruction on the Elwha really lit a spark for her interest in riparian restoration. In addition to a B.A. from Guilford College, Ash recently earned a certificate in Environmental Conservation from Skagit Valley College. She has worked as a consulting forester in northern California and habitat restoration technician for Mason Conservation District and Northwest Watershed Institute here on the Peninsula. She is thrilled to continue honoring this land and community through hands-on conservation. In her free time, Ash loves hiking with her pup, learning how to build, plucking stringed instruments, and working with stained glass.