Act 1: Green Wood/Green Buildings with Nicole Strong
Nicole Strong realized her heart might lie in the “people” side of science in 1995 while working as a field assistant in Venezuela, where she found evening conversations with local ranchers and their families even more memorable than the days spent out banding birds, observing monkeys and sloths, and avoiding snakes. As Forestry and Natural Resources Extension agent Serving Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson Counties and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs, Nicole is dedicated to community-based education and service, with the desired outcomes of: a) increasing woodland owner land stewardship knowledge and skills, b) finding innovative solutions to socioeconomic and ecological challenges facing rural, forest-dependent communities, and c) creating opportunities for a growing population of residents and visitors to learn about fire-adapted forest ecosystems. She loves classes where she gets to talk both forestry and wildlife, as these two topics combined can create a lot of win-wins for trees, critters, and people. Nicole has an M.S. in Forest Resources from Pennsylvania State University, a B.S. in Wildlife Sciences from Purdue University, and is proud to have served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala (1999-2001). Nicole lives the typical outdoorsy life in Bend, Oregon with her partner Aaron, their dog Nela and an incredible community of friends and family.