I grew up in the eastern deciduous forests of Virginia, where I would stare out the window in the winter, hooting for barred owls and wonder…why are some of those trees still green? I nurtured my evergreen conifer fascination in the Appalachian Mountains during college and, upon graduation, found a job teaching outdoor education in California.
Sans family, alone in the West, I began to hang out with giant sequoias and foxtail pines on weekends. The high country conifers of southern California entertained me for many years until the temperate rainforest eventually called me north to Humboldt County. I now live in Kneeland, California, with my crafty wife, Allison, son, Sylas, and dog, Skylar.
I works as a devoted educator, am the founder and president of the Bigfoot Trail Alliance, editor for the Bulletin and Fremontia journal of the California Native Plant Society, and owner of Backcountry Press.
Above all, I am driven to connect people with the natural world through questioning, observing, adventuring, and documenting.