Forest keeps busy on a wide range of projects involving grassroots networking and cross-organizational coordination, research and education, public speaking and community organizing, and more.
Forest was born in a barn and grew up on Dancing Waters Permaculture Cooperative at the headwaters of the West Fork of Knapps Creek, tromping around in the hills and bluffs of the Driftless. After graduating from North Crawford High School, right here in Crawford County, he went on to Eckerd College in Florida where he graduated with a degree in Communications, minoring in International Studies and Global Affairs, and Spanish. He has traveled through 26 countries on three continents, rounding out his education and helping him appreciate our special region for what it is.
Forest has a passion for the beauty of this area, and is dedicated to helping folks engage to protect the values and rights of our communities and ecosystems.
Omarú Heras Ornelas
Water Quality Monitoring Program Coordinator
Omarú studied Biology/Biochemistry in Life and Earth Sciences, earning a bachelor of sciences at the University of Reunion Island (France). She is experienced in water catchment, management, and monitoring, as well as being a certified acupuncturist. She has been passionately working for many years with several environmental organizations, rural-indigenous communities and schools in Mexico, in order to raise the awareness, justice, care and love for nature, water and soil.
She enjoys clean water, organic food, clean air, a clear sky, the sunny days, a beautiful rain, to walk in the forest, to be surrounded by wild nature, a conscious mind and living in a sustainable intentional community.
Community Engagement Coordinator
With a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a love of the natural world, Sarah is passionate about engaging others to take interest in the environment (ecopsychology). She grew up on a small, organic goat farm in Southwest Wisconsin and values the unique biodiversity of the Driftless region. She’s also a native plant enthusiast, and you can often find her on roadsides collecting seeds from imperiled plants.
Sarah delights in tending to her organic vegetable and native plant gardens, bird watching, plant and insect photography, and various artistic pursuits.