noun \rē-ˈa-tə, -ˈä-\ : lariat; lasso; a long light rope (as of hemp or leather) used with a running noose to catch livestock or with or without the noose to tether grazing animals. Origin- from Spanish re- + atar to tie, from Latin aptare to fit

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Thank you for visiting ecoReata.

From my earliest memories, the natural world has played a critical role in my life. As a child, I was fortunate to have parents who turned me loose to run through the forests surrounding our farm on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee. This exploration grew into a passion for outdoor recreation and a love of the mountains. An inclination towards science and a curiosity to understand my surroundings carried me into the field of forestry. I always felt the emotional and intrinsic values of natural ecosystems but also wanted to learn the objective and scientific aspects. Combining my recreation and study continued through school and into a profession. These two pursuits have allowed me to travel the world playing and working in forested and alpine environments, gathering experiences from each. Through ecoReata, I hope to use these experiences, and my practice, to make positive contributions to the field of natural resource management.

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As readers, I welcome your engagement and dialogue. It is a goal to share my lessons but also to further my experience through yours. If there is anything I can offer you, your business, or organization, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Thanks again for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

All the best-


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Organizations, Clubs, and/or Influences

American Alpine Club

Forest Guild

Forest Stewardship Council

Gym Jones

Saint Andrew’s Sewanee School

Society of American Foresters

Tennessee Forestry Association

The Nature Conservancy

Virginia Forestry Association