Members in Action: Lorene Lynn, CERP
Monday, April 6, 2020
Posted by: Laura Capponi
Lorene Lynn, CERP is a soil scientist and restoration ecologist who specializes in permafrost characterization, tundra rehabilitation, and boreal forest restoration. She primarily works for oil and gas, government, and community clients in the Arctic and for mining, government, and private clients throughout Alaska. Lorene is a federally appointed member and Chair of the Science Technical Advisory Panel for the North Slope Science Initiative. Previously, she worked for HDR, the NRCS Soil Survey, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Her graduate studies on coastal erosion along the Beaufort Sea Coast of Alaska sparked a career in which she rarely experiences heat, instead working in a parka in the Arctic in the months most people associate with summer. She lives in Palmer, Alaska with her husband and dog. Her two children have launched lives of their own in Alaska.
Last week Lorene discussed a community project in Utqiaġvik, Alaska that supports restoration and public health as part of the SER Wednesday Webinars. You can watch the program here.
We reached out to Lorene and asked her how she got involved in ecological restoration and the Society, what projects she's currently involved in, and any advice she has for those applying to be a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner.
Early in my career, I began tundra rehabilitation work in Alaska’s Arctic following my graduate studies in permafrost morphology and carbon dynamics in the region. I was fortunate to work for a client who ended up being one of my greatest mentors and afforded me thoughtful learning opportunities. At the same time, I worked for a private landowner in Southcentral Alaska, writing plans and implementing restoration following an EPA violation. Being a soil scientist by training, and a reluctant botanist by necessity, I already had an ecological perspective to apply toward restoration work.
I enjoy bringing together multiple parties such as clients, agencies, contractors, and volunteers to reach a common goal that enhances and sustains community and environmental health. Once I started writing larger restoration plans, I found the Society for Ecological Restoration to be an invaluable resource. Getting certified as a CERP naturally followed as a means to represent my expertise.
At this time, the vast majority of my work involves ecological restoration. I have some jobs in the monitoring phase, and some exciting and challenging jobs in the early phases. I’m finalizing a restoration plan for a conservation easement that was damaged by a developer, I’ve begun implementing my restoration plan at a 35-acre gravel pit located within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and will create a supplemental plan since the entire site burned in wildfire last summer, and I’m launching on my largest and most challenging job yet: writing and implementing a restoration plan for a 300-mile stretch of telecommunications cable installation in permafrost in Alaska’s Arctic.
Thank you for all that you are doing to restore Alaska's ecosystems, Lorene!