As Economic Development and Natural Resources Project Manager, Emily Blackmer works to develop opportunities for the Sierra to generate economic value, businesses, and jobs tied to stewardship of the region’s abundant natural resources. Her personal mission embodies SBC’s triple-bottom-line philosophy: to align and integrate forest, water, climate, community, and economic resilience.
At SBC, Emily contributes a strong background in natural resource policy, rural communities, and the Sierra. She holds an MS in natural resource policy from the University of Michigan, where her thesis research focused on how rural Western communities have worked collaboratively to link natural resource stewardship with economic and community development. Prior to grad school, Emily lived in Truckee for five years, serving as project manager and jill-of-all-trades for local recycling tech company Recyclist and, before that, representing the region as an elite cross-country ski racer. She holds a BA in environmental anthropology from Dartmouth College, during which time she first spent a summer in Truckee.
Born and raised in New Hampshire, Emily loves trees, lakes, and mountains, which is why she fell in love with the Sierra in approximately five minutes. In her free time, you’ll find her pursuing mountain adventures and endurance sports, cooking and consuming tasty food, and lying on the couch with a novel (preferably in that order).
Blogs by Emily Blackmer
As you know, California witnessed its worst wildfire season on record in 2020. Over 4 million acres burned, costing us more than 10,000 homes and buildings and at least 33 lives (not to mention the long-term negative health impacts of the dense smoke experienced across the state). Wildfire is a natural part of California’s landscape, but today’s wildfires are out of balance due to a century of fire suppression and misguided forest management. As climate change accelerates the risk of extreme wildfire, 2020 could be the start of our new normal. In 2021, we have an opportunity to keep that from happening. If we take action now, we can help protect our communities and restore the health of our forests.
As we gear up for the holidays, we’ve been hearing a familiar refrain: Shop Local. The value of supporting local businesses is well established: money spent locally supports a friend or neighbor’s job, charities and youth activities, and thriving downtown districts. The same is true for supporting local non-profits; your investment will be returned directly to the community. But this year, shopping local — let’s call it spending local — means even more.
Did you know that approximately 20% of California’s land — a total of 31,250 square miles— is managed by the U.S. Forest Service? For the Sierra Nevada region served by SBC, the share of Forest Service land reaches nearly 90% in places such as Alpine County.