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Welcome, Madame President!

August 6, 2018

Cara Farr was crowned President of NW Forest Soils Council at the 2018 Winter Meeting!  See below for more information from Cara.


About me

My name is Cara Farr, and I work as the current Regional Soil Scientist for the Pacific Northwest Region (OR/WA) of the US Forest Service. I have held this position for a little over two years. Prior to that I was the Watershed Program Manager on the Umpqua National Forest for a brief stint after serving as the Forest Soil Scientist on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest for 5 years. I have been a Federal Soil Scientist for 15 years and have worked for three agencies (USFS, NRCS, and BLM). I am in my dream job right now and super excited to work with you all in the coming years.


A little about my personal life:

I was born and raised in West Virginia (Go Mountaineers!). My family had one of the first British land grants in rural central WV and I visit the family and farm annually to connect with my roots. My father was a career SCS man as a soil mapper retiring as NRCS Assistant State Conservationist in WV. A second generation soil scientist is rare and I count my father as my most influential teacher. I now live in Portland and spend as much time recreating in the woods as I can -- and especially enjoy camping, hiking, backpacking and cross-country skiing.


My goals as President of NWFSC:

1 - Continue to promote networking opportunities to forest soil professionals in the PNW region.

2 - Try and grow the organization by reaching out to private and tribal forest managers.

3 - Establish the NWFSC logo and get some swag made!

4 - Have fun and foster the great relationships this group provides around the region!


The Question Game:

Question from Nicole: If you could be any mythical being for one day, what would you be and what would you do?


Answer from Cara: I would be a Phoenix. The Phoenix represents several things for me, some related to soils. All things are recycled and born again through the soils and the Phoenix rising from the ashes is a good example for us to think about in the rebirth of several of our forested ecosystems after wildfires. In my one day as a Phoenix, I would fly around to explore the amazing scenery and landscapes and maybe even stop to smell the flowers in a wildflower meadow created from a wildfire!


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