Aspen in the A-B

Mary Manning and Lynn Bickerton Chan

Art by Lynn Chan, NPS;  Essay by Mary Manning

(Essay forthcoming)


Mary Manning

Author Mary Manning is the regional vegetation ecologist for the Northern Region of the US Forest Service, in Missoula, MT. Her work is focused on vegetation classification, inventory and monitoring, and assessment, primarily in woodland, shrubland, grassland and riparian/wetland vegetation. She also works on climate change related assessments, forest plan revision and sage-grouse related efforts. Prior to moving to Missoula in 1990, she worked for the regional office of the Intermountain Region on a riparian classification for the Humdoldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Mary also worked for various National Forests and the Bureau of Land Management as a range conservationist prior to returning to college for an MS in range ecology at University of Nevada, Reno, NV. Her undergraduate degree is in Natural Resources Management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, with a minor in range management.


Lynn Bickerton Chan

Artist Lynn Bickerton Chan works as a Landscape Architect for the National Park Service in Yellowstone National Park. Lynn has painted many of the trail head orientation maps and exhibit panels seen around Yellowstone and has completed commissions for historic buildings throughout the region. Other than the lessons of her landscape degree, Lynn is a self taught artist and uses pastel, pencil, and acrylic mediums in her art but her favorite is watercolor as she says it never ceases to amaze and inspire her, but will always keep her humble. "My passion is both the power of the natural world and the way people interact with it. I like to paint local scenery, both nature and cultural history, as not only do these meld well with my training but they are two very important elements in preserving our past and our future. I hope my art will help remind people of the wealth of our region's natural history - from the mountains and the natural wonders, the valleys and open spaces, to the old buildings and winding roads." [email protected]