Anjel Tomayko

Federal Lands Forester

Department of Natural Resources (DNR), State of Washington

At age 37 and as a single mother of four children, Anjel started attending Spokane Community College in the Natural Resource Management program. For summer internship, she worked as a wildland firefighter on an engine with Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Her first experience with wildland fire was when her engine responded to one of four fires ignited by lightning on July 14th. All four fires eventually merged together and are known as the Carlton Complex, the largest single fire in Washington State history. Her experiences during the Carlton Complex as both a firefighter and temporary member of the Methow Valley community ignited a passion to affect change in both fire and land management. She transferred to the University of Idaho and completed her B.S. in Forest Resource Management and she will graduate in December with an M.S. in Natural Resource Management with an emphasis in Fire Ecology and Management. She has worked four seasons as a wildland firefighter for DNR and the US Forest Service, three on an engine and one on a handcrew. Anjel works for DNR in northeast Washington with the Federal Lands program in response to the 2014 Farm Bill’s Good Neighbor Authority (GNA). The intent is to expand the Forest Service’s capacity with both pace and scale of forest health treatments. As a non-traditional college student with a non-traditional career path, she hopes her story inspires others to pursue careers in natural resources.

Anjel will be speaking in ACT II Women on Fire.