This year has been rough, but I am so incredibly grateful that I have been able to continue working from home. We put in a small garden, and I enjoyed watching my 4-year-old’s excitement about planting, growing and harvesting vegetables.
Time and again, the SAHC work team has pulled together and supported each other. With our diverse backgrounds, experiences and deep, heartfelt passion for conservation, I kind of feel like the Avengers assembled — and we always end our meetings with “Go team.”
We need to slow down, listen to each other, recognize hate and take time for each other’s stories. I find hope in watching my older children interested in developments in the world around us and having open dialogues about what that means and how to make the world a better place.
Shepherd is communications director for the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy