Urban Forester, Texas A&M Forest Service, San Antonio, TX
Mark is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. He is a certified forester, certified arborist and Municipal Specialist and graduate of the Municipal Foresters Institute.
He is responsible for working with municipalities and their urban forestry programs from San Antonio to the Rio Grande Valley.
Lissa Martinez has been interested in Urban Forestry in the San Antonio area since the great floods of 1998 and 2003, and began her involvement by attending the 2003 National Urban Forest Conference that was held in San Antonio. Since then, she has participated in tree inventories, learned some iTree skills, learned to measure Champion trees, planted with the San Antonio Parks Department and the City Forester, attended the USDA webinars on urban forestry, and just generally tried to learn about urban forests.
In fall 2009, she trained as a Texas Master Naturalist with the Alamo Area Chapter. She has volunteered all over the region, with personal emphases on urban forestry and surface water quality, particularly riparian restoration. This past year, she has helped Northside ISD implement an elementary school outdoor education program, Project ACORN (Area Children Organized to Replant Natives). As Alamo Area Chapter liaison for the Project ACORN activities, Lissa has recruited other volunteers and helped finish the new Butterfly Learning Center. Then, she helped conduct pollinator and caterpillar host and nectar plant lessons there. On the San Antonio River’s
Mission Reach, with SARA leadership, she has guided Project ACORN students on nature walks and reintroduced them and their teachers to the abundant natural resources of San Antonio. Lissa graduated from Jefferson High School in San Antonio and earned both the B.S. in Ocean Engineering (1976) and the M.S. in Technology and Policy (1980) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). From 1976 to 1994, her technical work focused on shipping related pollution control and health and safety, first as a federal employee and later as a consulting engineer.
Wendy Leonard -has been with the City of San Antonio for 12 years. She has a BS in Wildlife Biology and Geography: Resource and Environmental Studies from Texas State University-San Marcos and a Master’s of Science in Biology with thesis in Plant Ecology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her thesis research focused on the factors limiting the growth and distribution of a rare Texas endemic wildflower. In the Natural Areas, she manages native plant communities, surveys and monitors rare and endangered species, and conducts research and restoration projects. She also oversees operations at Hardberger Park as well as other Natural Areas.