Welcome Gabe and Rhiley to the Southwest Guild office

The Forest Stewards Guild has hired two new program assistants in the Southwest. 

Gabe Kohler was Born in Spokane, Washington and grew up in the high desert on the dry side of the Pacific Northwest. His passion for the outdoors was ignited by experiences he shared with friends and family “roughin it” in the forests of eastern Washington, Northern Idaho, and Western Montana. More recently he lived and attended schools on the western side of Oregon, including Lewis and Clark College in Portland and Oregon State University in Corvallis. 
Gabe’s desire to live in the southwest stems from an interest in fire science and management in dry forest ecosystems as well as an interest in working with natural resource leaders with diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Gabe has a strong interest in the human dimensions of natural resource management and wants to develop forest and fire management that strengthens the connection between rural communities and the forestland that surrounds them. 

With a B.A in Environmental Studies and M.S. in Forest Ecosystems and Society and work experience as a social scientist contractor and research associate, Gabe has talked with hundreds of natural resource professionals throughout the western US about their experiences, and hopes to bring these diverse perspectives to his work with the Guild.

Rhiley Allbee is currently finishing her master's program in forest ecology and management at Michigan Technological University and will be defending her thesis (Perceptions of Forest Change in the Governmental Region of Kaffrine, Senegal) on April 1st. Her master's program was combined with Peace Corps service and she served as an Agroforestry Extension Agent in rural Senegal from 2015 through 2017. 
Rhiley enjoys hiking, camping, biking, and running and ran her first half marathon last summer. She looks forward to being acclimated to the elevation in Santa Fe and running outside again  (too much snow for that in the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan!).