Linda Mazzu’s career path as a federal employee took her throughout the country working for the National Park Service in Washington DC, six national parks (Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Bryce Canyon), the Bureau of Land Management in Oregon and US Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest. Her positions included biologist, botanist, plant ecologist, outdoor recreation planner, environmental quality specialist and park manager, always with a focus on protecting natural and cultural lands and the ecosystems that support them. Her passion for connected conservation across the landscape by engaging communities continues with this Fellowship. She hopes this opportunity will provide the means to learn about and participate as an older woman in ensuring Idaho conservation efforts are inclusively represented. Linda holds a Master of Science degree in Natural Resources from Humboldt (California) State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation and Parks from Penn State University. Linda and her husband, Erik Christiansen, reside in Boise where they enjoy hiking, biking, camping and backpacking the Idaho wild lands.