Carin served for more than 21 years as a Visitor and Resource Protection Ranger with the National Park Service. Some of her duty stations include Rocky Mountain NP, several parks in the Southwest, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Sitka NHP and Lake Clark NP&P in Alaska. Much of that time was spent in the field working on trails and wilderness issues. Prior to becoming the BLM NSHT lead, she served as the Senior V&RP Ranger for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. She understands the complexities of the National Trails System, as well as the extraordinary opportunity that exists to connect all people to public lands through trails and the diverse stories/perspectives they hold. Carin has a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management with a minor in Native American Studies from Humboldt State University. She’s a single mom to her 7-year-old daughter, together they celebrate life through their love of adventure.