Joy Wood - Founder, Principal Restoration Ecologist and Stewardship Specialist

Joy is a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) by the Society of Ecological Restoration (SER) with experience and leadership in ecological restoration with community partners throughout King County, WA. She has an M.S. in Forest Resources with an emphasis in restoration in ecology from the University of Washington, and also holds Certificates in Wetland Sciences & Management, and Restoration Ecology from UW. Joy is passionate about environmental stewardship, and statistically quantified the vital role community stewardship delivers in urban forest restoration in Wood et al.: An analysis of factors driving success in ecological restoration projects by a university - community partnership, in Ecological Restoration, 2017 (doi: 10.3368/er.35.1.60). In addition, Joy has trained and mentored over 100 stewards doing ecological restoration throughout King County through both Washington Native Plant Society and King Conservation District programs.

Joy has traveled the world over and has witnessed what humans can accomplish when we work together to tackle difficult problems. She attempts to impart this knowledge to her stewards and family, who also love to grub blackberry and install native plants. When not championing for ecological restoration, Joy volunteers at her daughters' schools, and enjoys hiking, kayaking, and camping with her family and friends. And snuggling her cat.