Meet Bria Blitch, Canopy’s Tree Programs Manager

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.

What were you up to before joining Canopy?

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!

Why do you think trees are so important?

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!

What are you excited to be working on?

Bria: I’m excited to get involved with my local community on tree care and tree education.

Close-up photo of Cork Oak acorns against background of leaves.
Cork Oak acorns. Photo by Xemenendura on Wikimedia Commons.

What is your favorite tree?

Bria: Such a hard choice!! But if I had to choose, I’d pick the Cork Oak (Quercus suber).

What are your favorite hobbies?

Bria: In my free time I enjoy hiking, traveling, and ceramics.

Thanks, Bria! We’re so glad to have you on the Canopy team!

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