Growing Up Wild Advisory Council
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Will Harling was born and raised in a log cabin on the Salmon River in Northern California. He has worked for the Forest Service, the Karuk Tribe, and is the founding director of the Mid Klamath Watershed Council. He received a BS in Environmental Biology from Humboldt State University in 1999, with minors in GIS, botany and fisheries biology. He has been a lifelong student of fire ecology and fire management, publicly presenting at many conferences including the Klamath Fire Ecology Symposium. His current work aims to create a model of how rural communities can live with and promote wildfire for resource benefits in the backcountry. Will provides valuable insight to promoting environmental stewardship in youth.
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Darren Gertler is currently the Coordinator of the Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop. Prior to that he was an elementary Science teacher at Landmkark Elementary. He also worked as an environmental educator for Watsonville Wetlands Watch. Darren earned a BS in Environmental Systems at the University of California San Diego. Later, he went on to Cal State Teach at CSUMB and earned a multiple subject credential. He also has over a decade of experience volunteering as a camp counselor at Camp Okizu. He is an accomplished commercial fisherman out of Santa Cruz harbor who fishes “with rods and reels” from his skiff, or occasionally on a paddleboard. He also crafts surfboards. His most recent board is hollow, constructed from four types of wood: cedar, bass, balsa and cork.