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Tired of the same story of ecological devastation everywhere, Shannon devotes her life to healing the land at every scale, which also means reaffirming our connection to the land as people. From yards to ranches, Shannon follows and teaches the original instructions: act with care for the living community of all beings and the earth will care for you in return.
From an early age, she was surrounded by Master Naturalists who taught her the names and properties of native plants as she participated in the design and installation of schoolyard habitats to enhance student’s learning environments and understanding of biology by attracting wildlife with native plants. Through these experiences Shannon started her career as an outdoor educator on a mission to help people reconnect to nature. After graduating from Southwestern University with a double major in Biology and English, Shannon spent three months living in a van and traveling to remote wilderness areas around the USA to observe ecosystems, photograph and write about the flora, fauna and natural systems for the blog Oakleigh Explorations. She returned to central Texas to live and work as the Habitat Restoration Specialist at Pecan Creek Ranch by the Frio River, where she learned how to identify native grasses and how valuable these species are at preventing erosion and keeping creeks healthy and continuously flowing. Shannon has given numerous talks including for the Native Plant Society of Texas, Austin Discovery School, the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching, and co-presented with Kirby Fry at the EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference.
Shannon is a certified as a permaculture designer, low impact development construction inspector and holistic management practitioner with scientific training as a field biologist and a focus on restoring habitat for wildlife. She dreams of homes without lawns that are surrounded instead with plants that nourish wildlife and people. Her professional habitat restoration experiences include the Blanco River Reforestation Program with TreeFolks, as well as on-going rangeland and riparian management at Pecan Creek Ranch.
Shannon currently works for Southstone Group, a biophilic building company, where she uses her technical knowledge of ecology and her ability to communicate scientific ideas to develop plans for and direct the company’s biophilic and ecosystem regenerative practices, including habitat restoration landscapes, pasture enhancement, riparian re-vegetation, environmental education, green infrastructure and holistic land planning.
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