Laurie Bernstein worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 24 years before retiring in 2011. Her primary focus was restoring aquatic habitat in the forests of Western Oregon and Washington State. She worked on improving habitat structure within stream channels and removing barriers such as dams and road crossings. She was also involved in numerous environmental documents where she analyzed impacts to aquatic resources. She loves being outdoors. You can find her skiing in the winter and hiking or touring on her bicycle in the warmer months. During the summer of 2011, she and her husband left their home in Eugene, Oregon and cycled over 4,000 miles across the country. Her favorite part of the trip was crossing the continental divide eight times.