Emily Powell grew up in Lancaster, Ohio and from a young age she was taught an appreciation for nature and the outdoors. She graduated from Ohio University where she studied Field Ecology with a focus of Plant Biology. Since then, botany has been her biggest passion and led her down many interesting paths. Her favorite work before leaving Ohio involved being a Stewardship Assistant with the Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves Association doing habitat restoration and rare plant monitoring in nature preserves statewide. Wanting to learn more, she moved to western NC in 2017 to explore the botanically diverse mountains and continue a career in this field. She fell in love with the Hickory Nut Gorge while working seasonally at Chimney Rock State Park, but was lucky to have the opportunity to serve in AmeriCorps in 2018. For the past year, she has been the Stewardship Associate at Conserving Carolina and once again doing the work she loves: improving natural areas and important habitats. She is excited to serve another term with Conserving Carolina and progress in her career. Emily loves ferns, wildflowers, bogs, yoga, and spending time with her two cats.