Born and raised in the Northwoods of Minnesota, Lori spent her childhood exploring the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area (BWCA), digging in the gardens at her grandparent’s farms, and harvesting wild foods with her family. These early experiences led her to studying Natural Resource Management. Later on she conducted BWCA research, worked for the Forest Service in AK, guided wilderness trips for Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center while living off-the-grid with solar energy and goats. She has lived among the Mayan People of Guatemala and has done solidarity work with other Indigenous People in various parts of the world. These rich experiences have broadened her knowledge of ecological justice, global ecosystems, and community collaboration. Lori is passionate about inspiring people to gain a greater connection to their habitat. In her work, she’s witnessed people’s passion for our wild things & wild places grow when they start learning what’s in their backyard. She feels privileged to work in Northern MN with an integrated resource management approach to restoring & protecting the native area that she calls home. In her spare time, Lori can be found in many local natural areas- teaching, volunteering, shredding the local mountain bike trails, nordic skiing, & harvesting wild foods among family & friends.