Sierra Corps Forestry Fellow Highlight: Kelsey Glastetter

Kelsey Glastetter (far left) collaborates with a California Climate Action Corps Fellow and an American Conservation Experience Member with the Inyo National Forest to reinstall the Penny Pines Crestview Plantation sign.

The Sierra Nevada Alliance is excited to share the great work of Kelsey Glastetter, Sierra Corps Forestry Fellow. 

Kelsey is currently working on the Eastern Sierra Climate & Communities Resilience Project (ESCCRP) and has helped raise $8 million in grant funding to restore 55,000 acres of ecological forest surrounding the Town of Mammoth Lakes. The funding was an accumulation of two grants: $3,384,269 from CDFW Prop. 1 Restoration Grants Program and $4,913,908 from CalFire Forest Health Program. The ESCCRP team was recognized as an All Lands Watershed Forest Health nominee at the 2021 Honor Awards by the USDA Pacific Southwest Region and Research Station for their work in the Eastern Sierra. 

The work that Kelsey has been able to contribute to the Sierra is exactly why the Fellows program was created. As she says, “I am proud to be working towards making an impactful difference in the Eastern Sierra. These awards will progress the Eastern Sierra on the path to achieving regional resilience.”

Q&A with Kelsey

What is your favorite place in the Sierra?

The Eastern Sierra. The east side provides a playground for a plethora of outdoor activities. Plus, it has the best beer in the Sierra Nevada – June Lake Brewing! 

What makes your work as a Forestry Fellow special?

The Sierra Corps Fellowship Program has allowed me to take a career leap in natural resources. The program encourages learning and provides many opportunities to develop valuable new skills to further one’s career in conservation forestry. Through my fellowship, I acquired the skills I had been yearning for and now possess a more holistic understanding of grant writing, administration, and management.

What brought you to work in conservation?

Climate change threatens communities, species, and environments near and dear to my heart. I decided to pursue a career in natural resources with the hope of making an impactful difference for the future of our planet and generations to come.

Kelsey (far right) and the ESCCRP team presents to Rural County Representatives of CA (RCRC) Board Supervisors at Horseshoe Lake in the Mammoth Lakes Basin.

Sierra Nevada Alliance is proud of our Forestry Fellowship program. It is a necessary line of defense against the dangers of catastrophic wildfires, drought, and extreme heat that threaten the ecology and communities of the Sierra Nevada. Please consider making a donation to support the Forestry Fellows and all the Alliance’s important programs to build a resilient Sierra.

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