Ashley Nettles was born and raised near Atlanta, GA before following in her brother’s footsteps and making the move to Colorado in 1995. She spent 8 years going back and forth between Colorado in the winter as a ski bum, and Arizona in the summer a raft guide in the Grand Canyon before deciding to stay put and finally hit the books. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from UCCS and her Master’s Degree from CSU, while beginning her career with the U.S. Forest Service.
Ashley has been a wildlife biologist with the Dillon Ranger District of the White River National Forest since 2007 and is a lead organizer of Summit County Safe Passages. Her interests are in landscape connectivity for multiple species as well as habitat restoration but she gets the most enjoyment out of working with community groups, collaboratively, finding innovative solutions to complex environmental problems, a large part of which is building trust and strengthening partnerships among agencies, non-profit conservation groups and the public.
You might run into her on the Upper Colorado River while rafting and camping, or out hiking with her dog, Emma or you may end up sharing the chairlift with her when she’s out snowboarding. She’s excited to bring new ideas to the FOLBR Board and be a part of getting our community engaged in the most spectacular part of Summit County.