This article was originally published by Tuolumne River Trust.
Despite the challenges of a global pandemic, we have still had a very busy socially-distanced summer in the field rebuilding trails, surveying threatened and endangered species, flagging, fencing, restoring meadows, and so much more. We also hit an exciting milestone: we have officially planted over 100,000 trees as part of our Rim Fire recovery efforts that began in 2016! This work builds resilience back into the watershed, and over time can greatly reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire.
None of this work or restoration success would have been possible without Seth Connolly, our incredible Restoration Manager. As this summer comes to a close, so does Seth’s time with TRT. Over 5 years of hard work restoring the landscape after the Rim Fire, inspiring and leading generations of young adults in the AmeriCorps and SNAP programs, and being an unwavering source of positivity to our team, Seth has made a lasting impact on the watershed and this community. Seth is known around TRT for his can-do attitude, humility, and multi-tasking on more projects than is humanly possible (while consuming lots of coffee).
“I leave the Trust thankful for all the support we have received and grateful to have had the opportunity to do this work on behalf of everyone who appreciates the natural beauty of the Tuolumne and its watershed,” says Seth.
Although he will be sorely missed, we know that wherever life takes him, he will leave the people (and environment) around him feeling restored and inspired.