Laura McCarthy      Associate State Director    Laura manages the Conservancy’s programs in the Rio Grande, Gila and San Juan basins, and leads the Rio Grande Water Fund. She has been with the Conservancy since 2005, including seven years as the Conservancy’s National Policy Advisor for fire management and forest restoration.  Laura’s prior work includes more than a decade with the USDA Forest Service as a firefighter and planner in Idaho, California, Vermont and New Hampshire. She has also worked for a State Forester and the Santa Fe-based Forest Guild.  Laura’s professional life was significantly altered by the Cerro Grande Fire in 2000, which fostered her interest in fire and forest restoration policy, and Las Conchas Fire in 2011, with its post-fire debris flows that deepened her concern for water source protection.  Laura enjoys her role building bridges that connect people to nature, including land and water managers, and urban, rural and traditional cultural communities. She has earned several awards for her work including the Society of American Foresters’ Young Forester Leadership Award in 1998, New Mexico Environmental Leader of the Year in 2015, and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Distinguished Alumna Award in 2017.

Laura McCarthy

Associate State Director

Laura manages the Conservancy’s programs in the Rio Grande, Gila and San Juan basins, and leads the Rio Grande Water Fund. She has been with the Conservancy since 2005, including seven years as the Conservancy’s National Policy Advisor for fire management and forest restoration.

Laura’s prior work includes more than a decade with the USDA Forest Service as a firefighter and planner in Idaho, California, Vermont and New Hampshire. She has also worked for a State Forester and the Santa Fe-based Forest Guild.

Laura’s professional life was significantly altered by the Cerro Grande Fire in 2000, which fostered her interest in fire and forest restoration policy, and Las Conchas Fire in 2011, with its post-fire debris flows that deepened her concern for water source protection.

Laura enjoys her role building bridges that connect people to nature, including land and water managers, and urban, rural and traditional cultural communities. She has earned several awards for her work including the Society of American Foresters’ Young Forester Leadership Award in 1998, New Mexico Environmental Leader of the Year in 2015, and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Distinguished Alumna Award in 2017.

  Anne Bradley     Forest Program Manager    Anne Bradley is the Forest Conservation Program Director for The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico. Her work focus is the development of collaborative strategies to improve the health and function of forested ecosystems in the state. Anne is also the New Mexico lead for the Fire Learning Network — a national partnership between TNC and federal land management agencies whose goal is to restore the natural role of fire to the ecosystem while helping communities become fire adapted. Anne has a BA in Biology from Colorado College and a Master’s in Botany from the University of Montana.  Prior to her career with TNC she held positions in fire research, land management planning and rare plant management with the US Forest Service in various locations in the West. Anne is a native New Mexican and lives in Santa Fe.

Anne Bradley

Forest Program Manager

Anne Bradley is the Forest Conservation Program Director for The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico. Her work focus is the development of collaborative strategies to improve the health and function of forested ecosystems in the state. Anne is also the New Mexico lead for the Fire Learning Network — a national partnership between TNC and federal land management agencies whose goal is to restore the natural role of fire to the ecosystem while helping communities become fire adapted. Anne has a BA in Biology from Colorado College and a Master’s in Botany from the University of Montana.

Prior to her career with TNC she held positions in fire research, land management planning and rare plant management with the US Forest Service in various locations in the West. Anne is a native New Mexican and lives in Santa Fe.

  Robert M. Findling     Director of Land Protection and Stewardship    Robert is the Director of Land Protection and Stewardship for The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico. Responsibilities include land protection, stewardship, legislative and governmental affairs, project management and land protection activities. Projects he has managed for the Conservancy include; acquisition and development of Bear Mountain Lodge, Santa Fe Canyon Preserve, Milnesand Prairie Preserve and the enactment of the New Mexico Land Conservation Incentives Act.  He was the Director of Design and Development for New Mexico State Parks for over twenty years prior to his employment by TNC in 1999 and was responsible for planning, design, construction management and legislative activities for the state park system. Robert is a graduate of the University of Colorado (Bachelors Degree in Environmental Design, 1974) and is a registered landscape architect.

Robert M. Findling

Director of Land Protection and Stewardship

Robert is the Director of Land Protection and Stewardship for The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico. Responsibilities include land protection, stewardship, legislative and governmental affairs, project management and land protection activities. Projects he has managed for the Conservancy include; acquisition and development of Bear Mountain Lodge, Santa Fe Canyon Preserve, Milnesand Prairie Preserve and the enactment of the New Mexico Land Conservation Incentives Act.

He was the Director of Design and Development for New Mexico State Parks for over twenty years prior to his employment by TNC in 1999 and was responsible for planning, design, construction management and legislative activities for the state park system. Robert is a graduate of the University of Colorado (Bachelors Degree in Environmental Design, 1974) and is a registered landscape architect.

 
   Martha Schumann Cooper      Gila Program Manager    Martha manages restoration, monitoring and stewardship projects on the Gila and Mimbres River Preserves. The Conservancy works with a diverse group of partners in the region to protect the natural flows of the Gila River through science and policy. Spending time on the floodplain of the Gila River, whether working or playing, reveals how floods and droughts shape this ecosystem. Another focus of Martha’s work is to catalyze collaborative forest restoration on the Gila National Forest, which encompasses the upper watershed of the Gila and Mimbres Rivers. Prior to working with The Nature Conservancy, Martha worked for six years in the Southwest on forest and watershed restoration, research and education at the Forest Stewards Guild and Rio Puerco Management Committee. Martha received her M.S. in Forest Ecosystem Science from the University of Maine in 1999 and a BA in Biology from Amherst College in 1995.

Martha Schumann Cooper

Gila Program Manager

Martha manages restoration, monitoring and stewardship projects on the Gila and Mimbres River Preserves. The Conservancy works with a diverse group of partners in the region to protect the natural flows of the Gila River through science and policy. Spending time on the floodplain of the Gila River, whether working or playing, reveals how floods and droughts shape this ecosystem. Another focus of Martha’s work is to catalyze collaborative forest restoration on the Gila National Forest, which encompasses the upper watershed of the Gila and Mimbres Rivers. Prior to working with The Nature Conservancy, Martha worked for six years in the Southwest on forest and watershed restoration, research and education at the Forest Stewards Guild and Rio Puerco Management Committee. Martha received her M.S. in Forest Ecosystem Science from the University of Maine in 1999 and a BA in Biology from Amherst College in 1995.

   Steve Bassett      Spatial Analyst and GIS Program Manager    Steve’s interest in solving problems at the interface between social and natural systems began at the University of Oregon, where he studied Geography and Geographic Information Science. Prior to joining TNC’s New Mexico program, Steve worked for the NPS in Yellowstone, conducting analysis to support the science-driven management of the Park.

Steve Bassett

Spatial Analyst and GIS Program Manager

Steve’s interest in solving problems at the interface between social and natural systems began at the University of Oregon, where he studied Geography and Geographic Information Science. Prior to joining TNC’s New Mexico program, Steve worked for the NPS in Yellowstone, conducting analysis to support the science-driven management of the Park.

   Sarah Hurteau      Urban Programs Director    For the past decade Sarah has worked at the intersection of science, policy and management. Trained as a wildlife biologist she is keen to enhance biodiversity, a job she continues to do as the Albuquerque Urban Conservation Program Director for the New Mexico chapter. She previously earned an MS in Environmental Science and Policy from Northern Arizona University.

Sarah Hurteau

Urban Programs Director

For the past decade Sarah has worked at the intersection of science, policy and management. Trained as a wildlife biologist she is keen to enhance biodiversity, a job she continues to do as the Albuquerque Urban Conservation Program Director for the New Mexico chapter. She previously earned an MS in Environmental Science and Policy from Northern Arizona University.

 
   Collin Haffey      Conservation Coordinator    Collin is the conservation coordinator with The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico, where, among other things, he works to support the Rio Grande Water Fund. Before joining TNC Collin worked on climate-related forest disturbance processes, ranging from drought- and fire-induced ecosystem type conversion from forests to shrublands or grasslands at local and regional scales. He is currently co-organizing a large collaborative climate change adaption project in the Jemez Mountains.

Collin Haffey

Conservation Coordinator

Collin is the conservation coordinator with The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico, where, among other things, he works to support the Rio Grande Water Fund. Before joining TNC Collin worked on climate-related forest disturbance processes, ranging from drought- and fire-induced ecosystem type conversion from forests to shrublands or grasslands at local and regional scales. He is currently co-organizing a large collaborative climate change adaption project in the Jemez Mountains.

   Rachel Meier      GIS Analyst    Rachel serves as the Chapter's GIS Specialist. She comes to us from Boulder, Colorado where in December 2017 she completed her Masters of the Environment (MENV) degree, with a specialization in Sustainability Planning and Management. As a part of her degree, she completed a capstone project with TNC’s Colorado Chapter, where she and three other MENV students spent a year examining carbon stocks in Colorado’s lands and policies that would enhance terrestrial carbon sequestration. Rachel is originally from Minnesota, and when she’s not in the office enthusiastically doing spatial analyses and creating maps, you can find her hiking in the mountains around Santa Fe, trying out new recipes in her kitchen, or checking out local music acts in concert!

Rachel Meier

GIS Analyst

Rachel serves as the Chapter's GIS Specialist. She comes to us from Boulder, Colorado where in December 2017 she completed her Masters of the Environment (MENV) degree, with a specialization in Sustainability Planning and Management. As a part of her degree, she completed a capstone project with TNC’s Colorado Chapter, where she and three other MENV students spent a year examining carbon stocks in Colorado’s lands and policies that would enhance terrestrial carbon sequestration. Rachel is originally from Minnesota, and when she’s not in the office enthusiastically doing spatial analyses and creating maps, you can find her hiking in the mountains around Santa Fe, trying out new recipes in her kitchen, or checking out local music acts in concert!