09 Jan Kate Lundquist
Kate Lundquist co-directs the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center’s WATER Institute (www.oaec.org/water) and the Bring Back the Beaver Campaign in Sonoma County, California. Kate is a conservationist, educator, ecological artist and wildland tender. She works with landowners, communities and resource agencies to uncover obstacles, identify strategic solutions, and generate restoration recommendations to assure healthy watersheds, water security, listed species recovery and climate change resiliency. In addition to providing species management consultations, Kate writes about and gives presentations across the west on the importance of beaver and Conservation Hydrology to watershed restoration.
Kate grew up in the waters of the Monterey Bay, the wild oak savannah and redwood forests of rural Santa Cruz County, California. She was raised by artist/builder/educators who taught her how to create beauty, make things (including their own house), speak other languages and appreciate other cultures through car-camping across North and Central America and Europe.
Kate hones her ecological knowledge through listening to and tending a diverse array of North American ecosystems. With permission, she gathers precious gifts from the earth (wool, gourds, wood, pine needles, shells, antler and brain-tanned hides) to transform into felted, woven and hand sewn clothing, footwear, vessels, bags, straps and adornments. Every year she takes several weeks to go feral – to wander in the mountains and the desert, to learn, tend, gain inspiration and give back.