A Day in the Life with a California Tahoe Conservancy Environmental Planner – Meet Erica!
“My favorite part of my current role is working and collaborating with different agencies to implement projects that benefit the Tahoe Basin.”
After nearly 8 years of fighting fires seasonally for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and the United States Forest Service (USFS), Erica began to look into other State Departments and Agencies that could align with her long-term personal and career goals. She had already been living in the Lake Tahoe Basin for about 10 years at the time when the California Tahoe Conservancy opened a position as an Environmental Planner. The Conservancy’s efforts to restore and enhance the natural and recreational resources in the Lake Tahoe Basin aligned not only with what Erica studied in college (Physical Geography & Environmental Studies), but also the work experience she had prior to working in fire health and wildfire resilience. The Conservancy offered Erica an opportunity to combine many passions into a life-long career.
In her current position, Erica handles a range of land management issues arising on the Conservancy’s land and serves as a lead for urban lot restoration projects. These urban lot restoration projects require Erica to develop project plans, monitoring plans, and environmental documents primarily for small-scale restoration, including watershed and water quality improvement, erosion control, revegetation, and researching and resolving encroachment and resource issues on the Conservancy’s land. “My favorite part of my current role is working and collaborating with different agencies to implement projects that benefit the Tahoe Basin,” says Erica.
Looking ahead, Erica is looking forward to implementing approximately twenty to thirty small scale urban lot restoration projects throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin. Through the Conservancy’s partnership with the Tahoe Resource Conservation District (TRCD), Erica and a team of field crews will help complete projects on the Conservancy’s lands to ensure the vitality and resilience of these ecosystems. We are fortunate to have Erica working to preserve pristine locations like the Lake Tahoe Basin. Thank you, Erica!
Interested in joining #TeamResources and ensuring the long-term vitality of areas like the Lake Tahoe Basin? Check out our open positions by visiting resources.ca.gov/Careers.
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