Rachel Broadbent Alder, Past-President & Newsletter Editor (Executive Committee)

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. was raised in the orchards of Santaquin, where she developed a love of trees and nature. She became interested in becoming an arborist while working as a student on BYU's Tree Crew for Max Darrington. She received a BS degree from Brigham Young University in Landscape and Urban Horticulture with a minor in Botany. After working as a Consulting Utility Forester for Davey Resource Group contracted to utility companies for several years in San Diego, CA, and Olympia, WA, she decided to go back to school for a degree in Urban Planning, with a focus on Urban Forestry and Urban Green Infrastructure, to see what could be done to remedy the situation of so many trees planted in the wrong place. She works for Salt Lake County in the Community Resources & Development Department, where her favorite duty is working to get more trees planted in lower income communities. She thinks that education and outreach are the most valuable tools we have. Rachel currently heads the committee over Public Awareness and Tree Promotions.

One of Rachel's favorite quotes is by Aldo Leopold, "Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets, but humbler folk may circumvent this restriction if they know how. To plant a pine, for example, one need be neither god nor poet; one need only own a good shovel."