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Molly Nagle

I have oriented my career around resource management but have approached it from many angles. I began my career as a kayak guide giving wildlife tours on Monterey Bay and teaching people about the rich natural history in our oceans. I then researched the effects of climate change on desert plant adaptation capacity and restoration with the US Geological Survey in the Mojave Desert and Great Basin. During these projects, I continued to ask whose hands were receiving the data I was collecting. I then returned to school to get an MS in environmental policy and management. Driven by the desire to link scientific research and land management that supports sustainable land use, I shifted to environmental consulting. Working at Ascent, I have been delighted to work on wildfire resilience projects with the US Forest Service and local utility districts in the Sierra Nevada. I believe that my public outreach and research background has given me the tools to understand data and communicate to partners who want to complete these essential projects effectively.

In my free time, I enjoy being outside in any capacity, alternative transportation, cooking, and reading.

Environmental Planner
Lake Tahoe
Notable Projects

NV Energy Natural Disaster Prevention Plan and Resilience Corridor Project

California Coastal Conservancy Great Redwood Trail Feasibility Study

Board of Forestry and Fire Protection CalVTP Wildfire Risk Reduction Project-Specific Addenda


MS, Environmental Policy and Management, UC Davis

BS, Biology, Ecology & Evolution, UC Santa Cruz

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