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Jonathan Long

Biologist/Tahoe Science Program Coordinator, USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station, and Adjunct Faculty in Natural Resources, American River College

Jonathan Long

I coordinate a federal research program at Lake Tahoe, and I also teach courses in natural resources at American River College. My interest in public participation in conservation and science developed through my seventeen-year relationship with the White Mountain Apache Tribe. I directed the Tribe’s Watershed Program for four years before completing my doctoral degree in forest ecology at Northern Arizona University. Subsequently, I examined and treated springs and streams that were damaged by wildfires as a research ecologist with the Rocky Mountain Research Station. For the past six years, I have worked with the President of the Cibecue Community School Board and a science teacher to conduct the Ndee Bini’bida’ilzaahi (Pictures of Apache Land) project, in which young Apaches from the community of Cibecue apply traditional knowledge and modern scientific ways to evaluate how ecologically and culturally significant places have changed. Another goal of the project is to encourage participants to promote the well-being of their community by applying college education, local knowledge, and traditional values. Finally, I served on the steering committee for the Community Forestry and Environmental Research Partnerships program, which has provided support to graduate students across the United States in conducting participatory research in environmental issues.