With a career in early childhood development research, Corey sees a connection between the values in her field and in land conservation. She notes that early investments in childhood health make big differences in resilience for the long term, and sees parallels in creating healthy futures for forests.
During the pandemic, her family spent more time outdoors than ever before. “Our refuge was to hike in a nearby forest in the spring, play in the snow on the beach in the winter, or throw rocks into a lake for hours at a time in the summer. That was our mental health treatment in response to a crazy world.” She recognizes that not everyone has that kind of access to nature, and that protecting wildlands and access to them—especially for children who might not otherwise get to spend time in nature—is an investment we can make now that will reliably grow into a beautiful and healthier future for all.