I am a relative newcomer to Arden. My husband, Skip Bailey, and I purchased our retirement home at the bottom of Hillside Road (the Ponte House for those of you who have been here for a long time) five years ago, but did not move in until July 2018. We chose Arden as our retirement destination for the promise of good neighbors, the opportunity for community involvement and the proximity to a wooded environment. We have been enjoying our new neighbors and friends, and a land lease that has the forest on two sides.
INTERESTS AND/OR SKILLS: As I approach full retirement, I am looking for ways to become involved in our new community. Being outdoors, especially in forests and wooded areas, seems to soothe my soul, and I’m drawn to community involvement that centers on that part of me. The Forest Committee seems like the perfect opportunity. I am an educator/scientist by profession. My specialty in neurobiology gives me no special expertise in management of the forest but my broad understanding of biology allows me to understand and apply scientific literature and data to the management of our forest. As an educator (I have taught college-level biology for 25 years) I would like to see more educational programs related to the care of our land and I would seek to involve as many community members as possible in activities that promote the health of the forest.