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Mickayla Hodgman
Middle Rio Grande Conservation Program Coordinator

Originally from Farmington, I fled to Albuquerque as an angsty and adventure-hungry teenager.

In the 7 years I’ve lived in Burque, I’ve fallen in love with it’s flora, fauna, landscape, sunsets, people, culture, and food (shout-out to green chile). Although my background is in conservation biology and sustainability, I believe in the intrinsic and invisible value of time spent in nature. Activities that give me joy include drinking coffee, rafting, climbing, hiking, skiing, and dreaming about my future permaculture farm.

Learning the names of native plants and birds, swinging a pick mattock to create a backslope, and pushing my own perceived personal limits helped me feel at home in my body and in my community. These are all opportunities that conservation work gave me and I’m thrilled that my job is to help youth and young adults gain a similar sense of empowerment.