Lincoln Bramwell was used to the life of a seasonal employee. After working for the U.S. Forest Service for nine seasons, he established a pattern that didn’t include the office life. Summers were spent in the field while he went to school during the rest of the year. His love for history and nature seemed far apart, but he found a way to put them together.
What path took you to Forest Service Historian?
When Bequi Livingston reported to her job as a firefighter more than 30 years ago on the Lincoln National Forest, she was greeted by a disappointed office manager. In the late 1970s, U.S. Forest Service applications for firefighters did not ask for one’s gender because it was assumed that only men would apply. So, Livingston was offered an office position, to which she adamantly replied: “No.
Michael is a research physical scientist with the Forest Service, but right now he’s working with International Programs on a project called, “Sustainable Landscapes” funded through the United States Agency for International Development. The Forest Service is looking at ways to minimize emissions of carbon dioxide from deforestation primarily in the tropics. About 18 percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions come from deforestation and forest degradation sources.
Billy Lumpkin, a civil engineering technician for the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas, knows a few things about all the buildings on his forests and grasslands, after all he’s been involved in their construction, operation and maintenance for 48 years. But he also has a zeal for helping others and sharing the forest with the public.
Annik has volunteered for 25 years on various trail projects and different parts of the Forest Service. Annik joined Volunteers for Outdoors Washington, took a class on trail construction and maintenance, two years later became a trainer, developed a broader interest in trails and the rest is history. VOW partnered with many other organizations in Washington State where Annik was able to put her new found skills to work.
Lootens-White, an information technology specialist, has a keen interest in interpreting scientific data and helping Northern Research Station scientists by developing web projects to highlight their compelling research. An early morning period of reflection or a jog along Chicago’s lakefront often provides the inspiration. Self-described as a bit of an introvert he also enjoys the team effort involved in his work.