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Our Staff

Susan Britting - Executive Director Sue Britting

Susan Britting has been with Sierra Forest Legacy since 1998 serving first as the primary science and policy consultant, and in July 2012 she assumed the role of Executive Director. She received her doctorate in biology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1992. After working with the Forest Service for four years in forest planning, Susan left to become a science and policy consultant to non-profit organizations. Her primary area of interest is habitat planning in the Sierra Nevada, although her interests in policy development extend statewide. Her consulting services have included advising on implementation of federal and state environmental policies, analysis of management plans, habitat analysis using a geographic information system (GIS), and database development for natural resource management. She has been an active volunteer with the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) serving as a board member at the chapter and state level since 1993. Susan also has been an active volunteer and board member for a local land trust in the Sierra Nevada foothills previously serving since 1995. She served as a Governor-appointed member of the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection for seven years.

Ben Solvesky – Wildlife Ecologist

Ben SolveskyBen joined Sierra Forest Legacy in January 2014.  Prior to joining the team, Ben served as a regulatory wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Sacramento working on recovery planning and section 7 consultations for a diversity of endangered species and ecosystems in California – from shorebirds, butterflies, and plants in the San Francisco Bay Area, to crustaceans and amphibians in the southern Cascades and Sierra Nevada.  Ben is from a family with a long history in Arizona, and received a bachelor and master of science in forestry from Northern Arizona University.  His graduate research focus was on forest patch and snag roost characteristics of maternity roosting bats in ponderosa pine forests of northern Arizona. 




Jamie Ervin – Organizer

Jamie ErvinJamie joined SFL in March of 2017. Hailing from the deep hardwood forests and rolling mountains of Western North Carolina, he first visited the Sierras during a backpacking trip as a teenager. On this trip, after hauling a heavy pack up the Sierra Eastside in full sun, experiencing a high-alpine environment for the first time, and battling an aggressive marmot for his remaining food, Jamie gained a reverence for the Sierra-Nevada landscape that he still carries with him to this day.


Jamie holds a Master of Science in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont, as a well as a Master of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. His graduate research focused on forest structure in old growth montane cove forests throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains. Prior to graduate school, he worked with private landowners on land protection and stewardship projects with a land trust called Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy in Asheville, NC.

At SFL, Jamie works with the Sierra Forest Coalition to organize campaigns supporting conservation initiatives throughout the National Forests of the Central Sierras. His work involves engaging citizens, organizations, and communities in the forest planning process. Outside of work, Jamie is an avid rock climber, and he is excited to explore the climbing around his new home in Nevada City.

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