Our Core Team

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Registered Professional Forester Tracy Katelman leads ForEverGreen Forestry in Woodland, California.

 

Tracy began working in community wildfire preparedness in 2000 in Petrolia, on Humboldt County’s Lost Coast, where she was both a volunteer firefighter and a creator of the Lower Mattole Fire Plan. That plan became a national model for community fire-planning engagement, and was featured in the 2004 national Community Wildfire Protection Plan handbook.

 

Tracy spent much of her career in rural Northern California, where she helped develop the innovative Humboldt County Community Wildfire Protection Plan, and was a founding board member of the pioneering Humboldt County Prescribed Burn Association.

While living in Chile for 9 years, she developed the national methodology for the country's community fire planning and Fire Safe Council model with CONAF, the national forest service. She also facilitated a Memorandum of Understanding between CONAF and CAL FIRE in wildfire prevention.

 

Tracy served on the California Fire Safe Council board of directors from 2004 to 2007; and later as its Executive Director in 2019 she raised $15 million for statewide community wildfire preparedness programs. While there she helped craft the new statewide Hardened Homes pilot program with Cal OES and CAL FIRE.
 

Tracy has a strong background in forest restoration and conservation, anchored by a master’s degree in Wildland Resource Science from UC Berkeley. Her diverse experience includes cofounding the international Forest Stewardship Council in 1990 to certify “good wood” products.

Soledad—Sole—is our Project Manager, working from from Corvallis, Oregon. She started working with us in 2018 as our Office Manager.

Prior to FGF, Soledad worked as a wildlife biologist, holding a PhD and BS from Comahue University in Argentina. More recently she worked at the University of Montana at the Ecophysiology Department, conducting a drought experiment with three arboreal species from the Northwest, researching the connection between drought and spectral data, aiming to detect critical levels of drought from satellite images and thermal images.

 

Sole worked for several years at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and then at the University of British Columbia, performing dendrochronology studies in relation to fire ecology and forest dynamics. She also worked with white bark pine ecology in the Beartooth Mountains, Montana.

 

She spent ten years in the temperate forest of her native Patagonia, doing research in ecology and conservation of the southernmost parrot of the world—the Austral Parakeet—that depends on a very ancient and endangered tree species, the Pehuen or Araucaria araucana.

Kathy Glass combines her passion for environmental conservation with editing and writing skills to contribute professional editorial services for ForEverGreen Forestry since its inception in the 1990s.

 

This experience, combined with decades of living in the WUI of Southern Humboldt County, gives her a deep understanding of wildfire and natural resource issues on the North Coast. She has contributed to all eight of FGF's CWPPs, including fire plans for Humboldt, Lake, and Del Norte counties; the last two editions of Living with Wildfire in Northwestern California; as well as the 2019 brochures on home hardening and defensible space for the California Fire Safe Council; among many other local nonprofit projects.

 

Kathy has supported with her time and writing skills the work of Friends of the Eel River, the Trees Foundation, EPIC, Ancient Forest International, the Headwaters Ancient Redwood Forest preservation campaign, and more. She has a journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master’s in English from UC Berkeley. This is a small but heartfelt part of her wide-ranging Editing Services business.

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