Ms. Allen comes to the SNF with an abundance of professional experience. Over the last 35 years, Ms. Allen has worked as an archeologist in several National Park Service Units, including Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, Redwood, Lassen Volcanic, and Lava Beds National Monument.
Ms. Allen has worked for the U.S. Forest Service on both the Eldorado and Sierra National Forests where she has guided the efforts to conserve, preserve and protect cultural and natural resources on public lands.
Ms. Allen has also taught Anthropology at the College of the Sequoias for over 20 years. Most recently, Ms. Allen served as Tribal Liaison and Park Archeologist for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks where she collaborated with local Native American sovereign nations and communities and helped finalize the recently signed Inadvertent Discovery Plan for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
“In my new position, I look forward to working with both Native Americans and the Sierra National Forest Management Team to help build deeper and more powerful relationships. I am committed to amplifying Native American interests and increasing their participation in the decision-making process. I am a strong proponent of co-management and a firm believer in strong and mutually beneficial partnerships,” said Ms. Allen.
Ms. Allen earned a Master of Arts in Cultural Resource Management from Sonoma State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a wife and mother and relocating to Clovis, CA, soon.
Ms. Allen is also an amateur photographer, a supporter of locally grown organic produce, a volunteer at Three Rivers Union School, and a member of the Society for California Archaeology and the Fresno County Archaeological Society. One of her favorite pastimes is hiking on public lands with her family, especially when wildflowers are blooming.
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