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The older I get, the more I find myself yearning for a life of authenticity, a simple life that is in tune with the natural rhythm of the world around me. I try to honor this longing by chasing my passions of hunting, fishing, and exploring nature via hiking and kayaking. I believe that keeping our wild places wild is critical and conservation is key.
I grew up in a family that loved to hunt, fish, and camp, but it wasn’t until I was an adult that I really understood why I loved the outdoors so much. Doing those outdoor activities requires me to live in the moment, and challenges me to be my best self. That’s what draws me out time and time again. I love learning new techniques and I’m always learning.
Since I was a teenager I always knew I wanted to be a writer, but I didn’t know what form that would take. In college I studied public relations and journalism. Now, I get to write about topics I find fascinating and that I’m passionate about. Being an outdoor writer helps me to merge my two passions: the written word and the natural world. In my writing, I focus mostly on people, places, and issues related to the outdoors, conservation, and the environment. I’m especially interested in writing about how people and nature intersect, diversity and inclusion in the outdoor space. Beyond the woods and water, I work professionally as a reporter and editor for my local newspaper. I write a semi-regular column about the Central New York outdoor scene, called CNY Outdoors, which appears in print. I also contribute to New York Outdoor News, All Outdoor, and other outlets.
I’m excited to join the team here at Harvesting Nature because it gives me an opportunity to share some stories of the rad people and places I encounter while also encouraging others to explore the outdoors too.