2024 VetsWork: Eddy Colado

2024 VetsWork: Eddy Colado

My name is Eddy Colado. I grew up in Sheridan Montana at Woodson Ranch (Ruby Habitat Foundation). I spent most of my time outdoors working for the foundation in field irrigation, riverbank restoration, and equipment maintenance and repairs. I very much enjoyed the great Montana outdoor activities...

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2024 VetsWork: Taryn Oseen

2024 VetsWork: Taryn Oseen

Hello! My name is Taryn Oseen. I am originally from a small farm in Shalersville, Ohio. Growing up, my family and I were always outdoors, and I naturally became very passionate about environmental protection. When I graduated from high school, I enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a Sonar Technician and...

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2024 VetsWork: Christopher Glenn

2024 VetsWork: Christopher Glenn

My name is Christopher Glenn. Born in Portland, Oregon, I have spent the majority of my life in the Pacific Northwest. My roots in Oregon run deep, with only a brief hiatus during five awesome years living in Hawaii. I worked as a wildland firefighter for three seasons and developed a deep...

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2024 VetsWork: Cooper Roberts

2024 VetsWork: Cooper Roberts

My name is Cooper Roberts, originally from Central Indiana, where my childhood was filled with romping in local creeks and forests alongside my three older brothers. This early love for exploration has stayed with me, evolving into a deeper appreciation for nature, which I now share with my spouse...

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2024 VetsWork: Emilio Villa

2024 VetsWork: Emilio Villa

My name is Emilio Villa. I was born and raised in Salem Oregon. I graduated from West Salem High School in 2015 and joined the Navy in early 2017. I served in the Navy for 6 years achieving the rank of E-5 before my medical discharge. I started my naval service as an undesignated airman at a...

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2024 VetsWork: Arthur Hunsinger

2024 VetsWork: Arthur Hunsinger

 My name is Arthur Hunsinger. Growing up in northern Georgia, rural life didn't offer many opportunities, but the Appalachians were at my back, and in those forests, I found a valuable refuge. I'd carve out my own little trails and build forts that felt more like home than the family house. When I...

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2024 VetsWork: Aaron Laughlin

2024 VetsWork: Aaron Laughlin

My name is Aaron. I'm a married father of 5 wonderful children. My wife and I both brought children from previous marriages and somehow managed to create one little one ourselves. They range in age from 2 to 13 so the house is always a circus. I was born in Portland but grew up in Vancouver, WA. I...

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2023 VetsWork Field Note: Taylor Davis

2023 VetsWork Field Note: Taylor Davis

With just under a month left of my Forest Service internship with the Recreation Department on Mt. Hood’s East Zone, I feel hopeful about my natural resource career path. I feel I have a better understanding of recreation management and the work it takes to keep a healthy balance between...

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2023 VetsWork Field Note: Tom Bonnette

2023 VetsWork Field Note: Tom Bonnette

The last few months working as a Rec Tech (recreation technician) at the Homochitto National Forest through the AmeriCorps VetsWork Program has been a whirlwind of activity that’s been educational and lots of fun. I was lucky enough to have my first week of work coincide with the reopening of Lake...

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Thank you, Laura Linn! You will be missed.

Thank you, Laura Linn! You will be missed.

Laura Linn recently announced that she has accepted a new position and will leave Mt. Adams Institute (MAI) on January 5th. Laura has been with MAI for 9 years and was our first program coordinator. Over the years, she took on ever-increasing responsibility and...

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Happy Birthday, Homer.

Happy Birthday, Homer.

The first time I met Homer Yasui was in Seattle. It was the fall of 2016, and like so many momentous things in life, I never saw it coming. I’d been hired to create something called a podcast. Unlike today, podcasts had yet to explode into the mainstream, so while I...

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2023 VetsWork Field Note: Taylor Davis

2023 VetsWork Field Note: Taylor Davis

With just under a month left of my Forest Service internship with the Recreation Department on Mt. Hood’s East Zone, I feel hopeful about my natural resource career path. I feel I have a better understanding of recreation management and the work it takes to keep a...

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