A native of the Pacific Northwest, for many years I was a Ranger in the National Park Service. I enjoy literature and the outdoors. I am currently working towards certification in aspects of the emerging field of Data Science.
I also volunteer for F.I.S.H., Friends of the Issaqauh Salmon Hatchery, a non-profit “friends” group that teaches of the life cycle of the salmon and environmental appreciation of the watershed. Established in 1938, the Issaqauh Hatchery re-introduced salmon into Issaqauh Creek after the extensive coal mining activities of the late 1800s to early 1900s destroyed the existing runs. The hatchery is one of many managed by the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife, and F.I.S.H. folks assist in salmon spawning, “egg picking,” “fin-clipping,” and other tasks.