Ayana Young  Founder, Project Director, Host  Ayana Young is a lover and protector of wild nature. She was studying Ecology at Columbia University when the Occupy Wall Street movement began. Amid the burgeoning resistance in Zuccotti Park, she co-created the Environmental Working Group to help orient the movement to the realities of a suffering planet. From there she moved West to her beloved Cascadian bioregion, starting an organic farm and wild foods cartel on an Oregon mountaintop. In Portland, she had the fortune of learning from the herbalist Cascade Anderson Geller before her passing. Ayana is currently studying Restoration of Natural Systems in Victoria, BC, and creating an ecological research center and native species nursery in the Southern tip of the Cascadian bioregion. Along with the restoration of damaged landscapes, Ayana is committed to protecting intact ecosystems. In the summer of 2016 she lead a delegation of women to the Tongass National Forest in SE Alaska to spend time with the forest and learn from the local people to collaborate on a strategy to stop old growth logging. The Tongass film and campaign will launch in the Summer of 2017.  Ayana hosts For The Wild Podcast (formerly Unlearn & Rewild) and teaches about empowered earth stewardship, leads biodiversity enhancement workshops and facilitates panels across North America. 

Ayana Young 

Founder, Project Director, Host 

Ayana Young is a lover and protector of wild nature. She was studying Ecology at Columbia University when the Occupy Wall Street movement began. Amid the burgeoning resistance in Zuccotti Park, she co-created the Environmental Working Group to help orient the movement to the realities of a suffering planet. From there she moved West to her beloved Cascadian bioregion, starting an organic farm and wild foods cartel on an Oregon mountaintop. In Portland, she had the fortune of learning from the herbalist Cascade Anderson Geller before her passing. Ayana is currently studying Restoration of Natural Systems in Victoria, BC, and creating an ecological research center and native species nursery in the Southern tip of the Cascadian bioregion. Along with the restoration of damaged landscapes, Ayana is committed to protecting intact ecosystems. In the summer of 2016 she lead a delegation of women to the Tongass National Forest in SE Alaska to spend time with the forest and learn from the local people to collaborate on a strategy to stop old growth logging. The Tongass film and campaign will launch in the Summer of 2017. 

Ayana hosts For The Wild Podcast (formerly Unlearn & Rewild) and teaches about empowered earth stewardship, leads biodiversity enhancement workshops and facilitates panels across North America. 

Kailea Frederick Project Coordinator  Kailea Frederick is a First Nations woman dedicated to supporting individuals of all cultures in remembering their ties to the earth. Growing up off the grid in Maui, Hawai`i forever imprinted in her the importance of reciprocity through indigenous world - view. She feels raised by wild spaces, and intimately tied to Honua, our island earth.  She is a Spiritual Ecology Fellow, and has served as a youth delegate twice to the United Nations Climate Change conferences (COP). Her work on the front-lines of international climate justice has forever connected her to the lives of those most impacted by climate change and extractive based industry. These are the foundational pieces that fuel her as she observes the radical disconnect that most human beings experience from our only living habitat. Kailea is also the founder and facilitator of Earth Is `Ohana, an immersive curriculum and practice that explores the question, “How do we practice returning home to our landscapes in order to regenerate our relationship with the earth?" Earth Is `Ohana is Kailea's personal response to the many stories that have and continue to shape her. 

Kailea Frederick

Project Coordinator 

Kailea Frederick is a First Nations woman dedicated to supporting individuals of all cultures in remembering their ties to the earth. Growing up off the grid in Maui, Hawai`i forever imprinted in her the importance of reciprocity through indigenous world - view. She feels raised by wild spaces, and intimately tied to Honua, our island earth. 

She is a Spiritual Ecology Fellow, and has served as a youth delegate twice to the United Nations Climate Change conferences (COP). Her work on the front-lines of international climate justice has forever connected her to the lives of those most impacted by climate change and extractive based industry. These are the foundational pieces that fuel her as she observes the radical disconnect that most human beings experience from our only living habitat.

Kailea is also the founder and facilitator of Earth Is `Ohana, an immersive curriculum and practice that explores the question, “How do we practice returning home to our landscapes in order to regenerate our relationship with the earth?" Earth Is `Ohana is Kailea's personal response to the many stories that have and continue to shape her. 

Madison Magalski Research Director Madison Magalski is a student of our beloved Earth, dedicated to learning from and being a voice for the biodiversity of Cascadia. She studied Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, where she delved deep into the intricacies of diverse forest ecosystems under the guidance of passionate scientists. Although trained in the realm of rigorous academics, she approaches ecological research with a holistic lens, nurturing the reclamation of human intuition and the inseparability of people from the systems they study. Madison has further cultivated her relationship with the land through farming. She has farmed medicinal herbs, vegetables, and flowers within wild landscapes such as the high desert of central Oregon, ancient Juniper cloaked ridges of New Mexico, the vibrant foothills of the Sierra Nevada, and on a small island off the northern coast of BC in the remote archipelago of Haida Gwaii. Her travels throughout North America always lead her back to the coast of Cascadia, where she plans to continue working for the restoration and protection of wild ecosystems.   

Madison Magalski

Research Director

Madison Magalski is a student of our beloved Earth, dedicated to learning from and being a voice for the biodiversity of Cascadia. She studied Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, where she delved deep into the intricacies of diverse forest ecosystems under the guidance of passionate scientists. Although trained in the realm of rigorous academics, she approaches ecological research with a holistic lens, nurturing the reclamation of human intuition and the inseparability of people from the systems they study. Madison has further cultivated her relationship with the land through farming. She has farmed medicinal herbs, vegetables, and flowers within wild landscapes such as the high desert of central Oregon, ancient Juniper cloaked ridges of New Mexico, the vibrant foothills of the Sierra Nevada, and on a small island off the northern coast of BC in the remote archipelago of Haida Gwaii. Her travels throughout North America always lead her back to the coast of Cascadia, where she plans to continue working for the restoration and protection of wild ecosystems.   

 
Erica Ekrem Art Director and Designer  A child of the Dakotas, Erica Ekrem was shaped by the quiet strength of the prairie, by stories her grandmother told her during long, Northern winters, and by her parents who raised her in intimate relationship to nature.  She teaches traditional folk-style bookbinding, offers freelance graphic design to small business & nonprofit sectors, and creates silent refuge through her practice of tea ceremony. At the heart of her offerings lays an unwavering reverence for Nature paired with a fierce will to protect plants, animals, & places still wild. Erica lives with her partner & their two children along the forested tidelines of Cascadia.

Erica Ekrem

Art Director and Designer 

A child of the Dakotas, Erica Ekrem was shaped by the quiet strength of the prairie, by stories her grandmother told her during long, Northern winters, and by her parents who raised her in intimate relationship to nature. 

She teaches traditional folk-style bookbinding, offers freelance graphic design to small business & nonprofit sectors, and creates silent refuge through her practice of tea ceremony. At the heart of her offerings lays an unwavering reverence for Nature paired with a fierce will to protect plants, animals, & places still wild.

Erica lives with her partner & their two children along the forested tidelines of Cascadia.

 
 
Reach Out Podcast Producer & Editor 

Reach Out

Podcast Producer & Editor 

Jade Begay Tongass Campaign Director Jade Begay, Dine and Tesuque Pueblo, is a filmmaker, a storyteller, a communications strategist but above all, Jade is a woman who has cultivated a deep and fierce passion to protect land, air, and water. In order to accomplish this mission, Jade has committed her life’s work to amplify the voices and knowledge of Indigenous Peoples, so that the world can remember who the original caretakers of this earth are and who have maintained balance and harmony for time immemorial. It is Jade’s hope that once we recognize and honor Indigenous leadership, we can move towards healing hundreds of years of oppression.  Jade currently produces multimedia for  and the Indigenous Environmental Network. She has worked with grassroots and Indigenous communities, from Standing Rock to the Gulf of Mexico, and from the Arctic to the Southwest. She is also a facilitator and trainer in anti-oppression work.

Jade Begay

Tongass Campaign Director

Jade Begay, Dine and Tesuque Pueblo, is a filmmaker, a storyteller, a communications strategist but above all, Jade is a woman who has cultivated a deep and fierce passion to protect land, air, and water. In order to accomplish this mission, Jade has committed her life’s work to amplify the voices and knowledge of Indigenous Peoples, so that the world can remember who the original caretakers of this earth are and who have maintained balance and harmony for time immemorial. It is Jade’s hope that once we recognize and honor Indigenous leadership, we can move towards healing hundreds of years of oppression. 

Jade currently produces multimedia for  and the Indigenous Environmental Network. She has worked with grassroots and Indigenous communities, from Standing Rock to the Gulf of Mexico, and from the Arctic to the Southwest. She is also a facilitator and trainer in anti-oppression work.

 
Land Manager Daniel Becker

Land Manager

Daniel Becker

March Young Podcast Producer  March is a student of Restoration Ecology and is rehabilitating land and water in BC and Northern California. He is an amateur mycologist, wild food forager, and earth-skills enthusiast. He has also been practicing in the visual arts for two decades, attempting to open eyes and hearts to the wisdom of nature. March lived in the Andes of Peru for six years studying anthropology and collaborating with indigenous artists. He spent several more years traveling on foot and bicycle around North and South America, fostering relationships with a wide gamut of humans and non-humans. March worked as an environmental activist and organizer in NYC for several years. He has studied at numerous institutions, but has learned the most from observing nature and witnessing Earth-based cultures.

March Young

Podcast Producer 

March is a student of Restoration Ecology and is rehabilitating land and water in BC and Northern California. He is an amateur mycologist, wild food forager, and earth-skills enthusiast. He has also been practicing in the visual arts for two decades, attempting to open eyes and hearts to the wisdom of nature. March lived in the Andes of Peru for six years studying anthropology and collaborating with indigenous artists. He spent several more years traveling on foot and bicycle around North and South America, fostering relationships with a wide gamut of humans and non-humans. March worked as an environmental activist and organizer in NYC for several years. He has studied at numerous institutions, but has learned the most from observing nature and witnessing Earth-based cultures.