Deborah’s work focuses on restoration at more than 30 Conservancy preserves across Maryland/DC and reaching into West Virginia. Her projects include planting native trees or removing non-native invasive species; returning natural processes such as fire to landscapes; restoring natural hydrology to lands that have been ditched and drained; and monitoring how plants, animals, and habitats respond to these conservation actions.
“This may sound corny, but the most satisfying part is the fact that The Nature Conservancy’s preserves are protected forever. Sometimes I get satisfaction very quickly from my work, like with prescribed burns — the native species will come back fast. But a lot of projects, like tree planting, will take years and years and years to see results. It’s very satisfying to know that I can do these long-term projects and they’ll continue on and on. I love going out into the preserves, and perhaps the coolest part of my job is just being able to do something different every single day.”