Karen is originally from Ohio and moved to the Wet Mountain Valley in 2021 to work for the local land trust. Through this work, she was introduced to Trails for All and quickly became involved because hiking/backpacking, horseback riding, and snowshoeing the multitudes of trails in the region became one of her favorite activities and she wanted to help keep these trails accessible and safe for all to enjoy. Karen has experience working with conservation service corps, including leading trail work crews. She also has a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, with a concentration in conservation and ecology, from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree in biology, with a soil ecology specialization, from Utah State University. Through these experiences, Karen has learned that to keep trail recreation available in the intermountain west, the hard work and dedication of volunteers through organizations like Trails for All is essential and she feels extremely privileged and honored to work alongside such passionate and caring people. When not on the trails, Karen can be found gardening in her yard, drawing or painting, reading a good book at one of the local coffee shops, or trying out a new recipe in the kitchen. .