Fall 2008 Forward to a Friend

IN A TIME OF GROWING CONCERN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, NICOLE CAVENDER FEELS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT OUR PLANET’S FUTURE.

“We are indeed at a time where the Earth, its environment, and its inhabitants who depend on it for survival are under tremendous threat from pollution, climate change, and population pressure,” Cavender said. “However, I believe that through awareness, active participation, and innovation, we can have a positive relationship with the Earth and develop new, practical approaches for its conservation.”

Nicole Cavender is the director of restoration ecology at the Wilds, a nonprofit center for conservation research and education located on 10,000 acres of previously coal-mined land in Muskingum County, Ohio. She leads land stewardship activities, oversees scientific studies concerning restoration, and conducts baseline biological surveys to better understand how to return this disturbed ecosystem to a more functional and biologically diverse state.

Cavender donated her first Subaru, a 1997 Outback that now has reached 218,000 miles, to the Wilds before purchasing a newer 1999 Outback with fewer miles. “The Wilds is always in need of rugged cars that deal with our rough terrain,” she said.

Outside of work, Cavender finds her personal Subaru a natural fit for her busy life. “I have two young children, a dog, and a habit of carrying large amounts of plant and horticultural materials to and from my garden or work,” she said.

“As I watch the flowers bloom and the habitats being used by native wildlife, I feel tremendous satisfaction,” Cavender said about the Wilds’ restoration movement. “Life is temporary. We might as well make it meaningful and use the short time we have to find ways to be part of the solution.”

For more information, visit www.thewilds.org.