Maria Bromley is an Idaho native. As a youth her school years were spent in Lewiston, but she grew up at Camp Grizzly, outside of Harvard, Idaho. Maria’s Bachelor’s degree in Outdoor and Experiential Education came from the Evergreen State College. In 2000, she also led a Student Conservation Association crew in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. For several years she worked for the Student Conservation Association and started up their Desert Restoration Corps, a nine month internship program that initially focused on wilderness restoration. Maria then worked for the U.S. Forest Service in botany before returning to Idaho to pursue a graduate degree. In 2012 she graduated with an M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho. For her thesis she assessed the efficacy of the Leave No Trace Master Educator course and explored the intersection of the Boy Scouts of America and their adoption of Leave No Trace. Much of Maria’s career has been focused on wilderness field work and exposing others to wilderness living which helped developed her strong wilderness ethic and interest in working with public land managers both of which are important to her new position as Manager of Taylor Wilderness Research Station.