Esmé Cadiente

Esmé Cadiente 
Collaborative Forestry Program Manager, Forest Stewards Guild

Our natural environment has always fascinated me since I was a child growing up in Northern New Mexico. I remember standing on my doorstep watching flash floods rage through the arroyos in the late-summer monsoons and sledding through piñon-juniper forests in places that haven’t seen snow in the last decade. My career in forestry has taken me to work in the Tongass National Forests of Alaska, to the mountains of Colorado, to the lakes of British Columbia and landed me back in Northern New Mexico where I now work for the Forest Stewards Guild restoring the forests I grew up in. I am inspired by a need—a need to protect the places we love and will pass on to our children, a need to address the longevity and sustainability of our natural resources, and a need for women to have a voice in the field of forestry and fire ecology.