By Canopy Team on August 15, 2022
Bria Blitch (she/her) joined the Canopy team in August 2022 to manage the trees program and staff. We asked Bria a few questions to get to know her better.
Bria: I grew up mostly in Central Florida and decided to stay in the state to attend the University of Florida (UF) for college. At the University of Florida, I majored in Forest Resources and Conservation as I’ve always loved the outdoors and was thrilled to find a major that I could combine forestry and conservation work with education and community involvement.
Once I graduated from UF in 2017, I took the opportunity to become a consulting utility forester in the Bay Area of California and made the cross-country move in the summer of 2018. I worked as a consulting utility forester for about three years and had the opportunity to work a few different positions within the company before deciding to pursue an opportunity as a manager for Leaf and Vine Urban Plant Shop in Santa Cruz, California. I was with Leaf and Vine for about a year and a half before making the decision to return my focus on urban forestry with Canopy as a Tree Programs Manager. I’ve been so fortunate with the opportunities I’ve had to pursue my passions in forestry and I’m excited to be a part of Canopy’s team moving forward!
Bria: Trees are so important! Trees not only provide health benefits to an area but also help support local wildlife, economy, and enrich communities. I care about trees because they are beautiful, unique, and complex on a fascinating educational level and know that in order to protect and maintain our trees for the future we need the community’s help and passion for them too!
Bria: I’m excited to get involved with my local community on tree care and tree education.
Bria: Such a hard choice!! But if I had to choose, I’d pick the Cork Oak (Quercus suber).
Bria: In my free time I enjoy hiking, traveling, and ceramics.
Thanks, Bria! We’re so glad to have you on the Canopy team!