In between my first and second years of graduate school, I did a summer stint as a Research Associate for The Conservation Fund. My assignment was to investigate the economic benefits of public land along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and I spent hours and hours giving out surveys to visitors at Waterrock Knob. I can honestly say it was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. The mountains stretched far into the distance, layering atop each other and glowing a gorgeous blue. On the afternoon pictured below, storm clouds rolled in to create an even more dramatic skyline.
Erika Zambello is a writer, birder, and photographer living and working along the Emerald Coast of Florida. She has a master’s degree in environmental management, where she specialized in ecosystem science and conservation. Her love of the outdoors was inspired by a childhood in Maine, where she returned for her National Geographic Young Explorer grant. In addition to Maine, she has lived in New York, France, Washington, DC, and North Carolina. Erika believes in the power of communicating conservation and exploration, which was the inspiration for One World, Two Feet. View all posts by Erika Zambello