SAF Member Spotlight
In June Melody Mobley delivered the 2015 commencement address at the University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (see http://tinyurl.com/ookk3tp and http://tinyurl.com/pzkv4fx). Not only was Mobley the first African American woman to graduate from the college with a bachelor’s degree in forest management, she was also the first African American woman hired as a forester by the US Forest Service.
During her 28-year career Mobley held positions that included forester and assistant district ranger, and a position on the Forest Management Staff in the agency’s Washington office, where she retired in 2005. Now she is penning an autobiography and seeking volunteer opportunities to connect children with nature. Here is an extract of a conversation Andrea Watts, associate editor of The Forestry Source, had with her in September of 2015.