About Us

Ecoculture is a community of reforestation practitioners whose objectives are to conserve biodiversity and strengthen human connections to nature through community stewardship in large scale projects. There is a growing global consciousness that tree planting can improve global futures, but far too few restorationists have the ability to efficiently plant millions of trees. Our community is composed of over 20 organizations with a proven track-record of restoration success.

Kevin Grady

Kevin Grady

Project and Network Designer, Ecologist

I have been helping to build what has now become the Ecoculture Reforestation Group since 2011 and working on ecological restoration ....

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Chris_crop

Chris Updike

Restoration Team Leader

My work revolves around trouble-shooting large-scale reforestation projects in southwestern US and Puerto Rico...

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Jimmy

James Marshment-Howell

Conifer Reforestation Manager

I work on post-disturbance reforestation and riparian restoration across the Southwest. My role at Ecoculture is to manage the planning, logistics...

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Jacob

Jacob Draper

Restoration Project Manager

I co-lead the Lower Salt River Restoration Project and Green Drone AZ. For the Salt River, I manage large-scale exotic...

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Justin

Justin Eddinger

Restoration Project Manager

I co-manage two of our projects, one in Phoenix, AZ, the Lower Salt River Restoration Project and the Green Drone...

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Wade

Wade Gibson

Southwest Team Botanist

I am the Southwest team botanist and work on various projects in Arizona. I manage research projects in the Upper Verde River study area...

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Jacob

Jacob Cowan

Ecologist

I am a former PhD student of Kevin Grady's and have been working with Ecoculture since then. My previous work focused on plant-microbe symbioses...

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Josh Kalman

Josh Kalman

Field Operations Coordinator

I currently work as a field operations coordinator on large scale reforestation efforts in Colorado and Puerto Rico. Tasks always include...

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Safron Coons

Saffron Coons

Bookkeeper and Accountant

I am a full-charge bookkeeper and accountant with 18+ years of experience. I specialize in creating order from chaos while working with entrepreneurs...

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Marie Saul

Marie Saul

Business Manager

I joined Ecoculture after many years of working at the county, state and federal level in business management. Over my 40 year career I have worked...

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Haubensak

Karen Haubensak

Restoration Ecologist

I am a Research Ecologist with a thematic focus on developing plant materials best-suited to future climates, and improving native plant...

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Kerry

Kerry Grimm

Director of Social Science Research

I am a social scientist interested in exploring how people interact with the environment, as well as how people interact with each....

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Alejandro Cubina

Alejandro Cubina

Tropical Ecologist

I am President and owner of Reforesta, Inc. in San Juan Puerto Rico. I have a graduate Degree from University of Puerto Rico...

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Adair Patterson

Greenhouse Manager

I am the greenhouse manager at Northern Arizona University and my work interacts with Ecoculture quite often...

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Mario

Mario Garcia

Tropical Ecologist

I worked for many years around Tortuguero National Park and Corcovado in Costa Rica as a botanist and project coordinator for Caño Palma biological station...

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Petter Axelsson

Restoration Ecologist

I hail from Sweden and collaborate from SLU, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. When I am not looking at...

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Jean Javier Arce

Jean Javier Arce

Reforestation Technician

I have worked approximately 10 years in customer service and this new experience with Ecoculture is unlike any other...

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Sidney Laham crop

Sidney Laham

Restoration Ecologist

I work as a restoration ecologist for Ecoculture and work on projects in Puerto Rico and Colorado. I am responsible for collecting seeds and...

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