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Early Career Conservationists of Sonoma County

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Join a panel discussion from early-career conservation leaders who work in land management, stewardship, and education across Sonoma County.

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The Laguna Foundation is proud to host Alba K. Estrada López (Conservation Educator at Point Blue), Elias Lopez (Bilingual Stewardship Specialist at LandPaths, Co-Founder of Crecer ConCiencia), Luis Morales (Reserve Steward at Bodega Marine Reserve), Josh Nuzzo (STRAW Project Manager at Point Blue), and Asa Voight (Restoration Field Supervisor at Laguna Foundation) for this candid panel discussion moderated by Allison Titus (Community Education Manager at the Laguna Foundation). These early-career conservation leaders work in land management, stewardship, and education for several different organizations across Sonoma County, and have a wealth of experience and perspective to share. From current projects and successes to challenges they see facing the conservation field, there’s a lot to hear and learn from these young, motivated professionals.

We are pleased to share this virtual education event for free. To help minimize the financial impact of COVID-19 on our programs, please consider a donation of $5-$15 at registration. Your generosity has helped make the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation a leader in conservation and environmental education in the Laguna watershed for the past 30 years. Thank you for your continued support!

Please register to receive access to the live webinar as well as the recorded webinar link.

GET TO KNOW OUR PANELISTS:

Alba K. Estrada López is STRAW's Conservation Educator and works with Bay Area classrooms teaching them about the environment and restoration science. She grew up in the Central Coast in Greenfield, CA surrounded for miles by agricultural fields. Wanting to explore the world beyond her little town, she then attended University of California, Los Angeles where she majored in Biology with a double minor in Mexican Studies and Spanish. During her last quarter at UCLA, she applied to the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship Program that in collaboration with Point Blue, which allowed her to merge her passion for education, science, and social justice. When she's not at work, more often than not you can find her behind a book, practicing yoga, or talking to someone!

Elias Lopez is the son of immigrants and a first-generation student. As a student at Sonoma State University he was inspired to help protect our local biodiversity through ecological restoration and biological conservation. He holds a B.A. in Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies and Planning from Sonoma State University, and a M.S. in Ecology and Sustainability from Cal State Stanislaus. He has worked as a Restoration Technician at Laguna Foundation and an Ecology Crew Intern at Conservation Corps North Bay. Elias co-founded Crecer ConCiencia where he develops and implements community outreach and education programs. He is now working at LandPaths as an educator and land steward. He is shaping the minds of youth and working the land to promote local biodiversity and protecting communities through fuel load reductions.

Luis Morales first joined the NRS as an undergraduate intern in 2013. He majored in environmental studies at UC Santa Cruz, where he was able to intern and work as a steward assistant for several Natural Reserves in the UCSC network. He previously worked at the California Coastal Conservancy, Pacific Islands Regional Observer Program and as a steward for Big Sur Land Trust before joining the Bodega Marine Reserve as steward in April 2019.

Josh Nuzzo is a project and native plant nursery manager for Point Blue Conservation Science's Students and Teachers Restoring A Watershed (STRAW) program. He graduated in 2015 from San Francisco state university with degrees in environmental studies and geography. He is passionate about native plant conservation, habitat restoration and ecology in the San Francisco Bay Area. As nursery manager for two nurseries, he has the privilege of growing plants for both transition zone and riparian restorations.

Asa Voight first developed his passion for the natural world as a young child, jumping barbed wire fences to hike the hills and mountains surrounding his childhood home. Raised along the Russian River with summers spent subsisting on wild blackberries, Asa knew that he wanted to pursue a career in the great outdoors. His pathway has involved many forms of land management, beginning as an organic farmer owning and operating a small CSA on the flood plains of the river. Asa continued his community based work with the Conservation Corp North Bay leading at risk youth field crews. Now with the Laguna Foundation he has found the work he is most passionate about, building resilient ecosystems and communities through habitat restoration projects within the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed.

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Allison Titus bridges conservation and education as the Community Education Manager at the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation. She plans, manages, and leads outings for a robust public education program that serves over 1,300 people across the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed every year. Prior to working at the Laguna Foundation, she worked in conservation management on Mount Tamalpais, surveying the vast coastal flora, and as a lead instructor for Wilderness Orientation at UCSC.

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