Dena, 2022 Extern
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The Gardens are Leading the Way...

This winter and spring, we’ve had a remote team member working in conservation! Dena Bergman is a graduate student at Regis University in the Environmental Biology M.S. program who is doing an externship here at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. Dena is using Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, a powerful data and mapping software, to help us complete Target 3 of the Alpine Strategy: to “Assess land management designations for all North American alpine habitats by 2023.” Using the maps created by Target 1, to “Develop a working map of all North American alpine areas by 2022”, Dena overlays data layers from various sources to determine the land manager and protection designations of alpine areas. We use the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) classifications so that we can target under-protected areas for additional protection in the future. Dena has been a wonderful asset to the conservation team and we are thankful for all her hard work so far this winter!

From Dena: “Previously I studied conservation biology at Arizona State University where I focused most of my time studying plants and learning how to conduct research. I’m most interested in the intersection of humans and the natural environment and plant conservation. I’m so excited to be working with BFAG on the North American Botanic Garden Strategy for Alpine Plant Conservation and look forward to seeing the strategy progress.”

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