Cassidy Lord

Landscape Partnership Manager

Cassidy grew up on the banks of the North Fork of the Gunnison River in Western Colorado. Since an early age, her interests have been oriented around wild landscapes, whose big vistas provide big adventures.

Cassidy has guided multi-day expeditions on some of America’s biggest whitewater, worked on fishing boats in Hawaii and explored Southeast Alaska as a fly-in lodge’s adventure guide. Her wanderlust has taken her to the jungles of Borneo and the canals of Venice. These experiences have given her an unparalleled perspective on human interactions with the landscape and the anthropogenic stressors our society creates.

Today, Cassidy works to improve our understanding of and relationships with native ecosystems. She envisions a future where natural and built environments interact in a way that is protective of human health and ecosystem function; where ecosystem services are maximized to increase climate resiliency and the production of resources that humans are dependent on.

Cassidy has extensive experience bringing together diverse stakeholders to address complex natural resource concerns. Prior to joining the ATC, Cassidy developed and implemented the Oconee River Watershed Partnership in Northeast Georgia. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Health Science and an M.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia. Her motto is “Education through recreation.”