#forestproud Ambassador

Alex Ashby

Living and working on Haudenosaunee lands. Albany Water Department / Watershed Forester

A job that lets me play outside:

I've loved the forest since I was a child, and decided in high school that I wanted a job that let me play outside. With that in mind, I got a bachelor's degree in Forest Health from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. During and after college, I worked a bunch of different seasonal jobs, and eventually found myself as a forestry technician in Schenectady, NY. I loved it very much, but the time came for me to move on, and I did so by going to University of Maine to get my Master's in Forestry. Maine spruce-fir is lovely, but I missed my home forests and came back to Albany, NY to take on my current position of Watershed Forester.

In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, skiing, crafting, and doing improv (with MopCo in Schenectady, NY). I am excited every day to do work that promotes forest and ecosystem health, and am grateful for the lessons I learn from the land. Moving forward, I hope to continue sharing these lessons with others, and continuing to learn.

I am #forestproud because the simple rules that a forest ecosystem follows become infinitely complex across sites and over time. I am #forestproud every spring, when ephemeral flowers and amphibians emerge to start a new season. I am #forestproud because there is no better water filter than a healthy forest, and a healthy forest includes human input.

Alex Ashby #1 Tree Friend

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