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Christine Laporte

A woman in a helmet and sunglasses stands next to a horse with a saddle on a paved pathway in bright sunlight.

Christine Laporte is the Senior Network Specialist for the Eastern Wildway, promoting connectivity conservation with key partners from Florida to Quebec, including along the Appalachian Trail.  The principles and ethics of rewilding and coexistence have always been her professional and personal motivations.

After earning a Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Warren Wilson College, with a double concentration in zoology and visual art, Christine earned her Master’s in wildlife conservation at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her professional conservation experience includes private philanthropy, video and film production, managing regional conservation and research initiatives, teaching college-level experiential field studies, and urban youth environmental education. She also studied endangered sea turtle conservation on beautiful Ossabaw Island Natural Heritage Preserve, Georgia. Christine currently serves on the Advisory Council of the region’s only wildlife rehabilitation Triage Center, and is a member of a local women’s philanthropy circle.

Christine lives with her family in Asheville, North Carolina, where most folks are willing to coexist with bears, coyotes, and other wonderful biodiversity. She is an avid equestrian, and when not having adventures with family, friends, or her horse, Christine can be found in the Wild, admiring wildlife and plants, or immersed in waterfalls, lakes, springs, or the ocean. Her favorite adventures involve witnessing wondrous phenology on our exquisite planet.