Rebecca Judd is a senior legislative counsel with the Policy & Legislation team. She advocates the Obama Administration and members of Congress to strengthen and uphold environmental laws and regulations, including those that protect our treasured national forests.
Rebecca lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and their dog.
In the summer of 2003, I clerked for Sierra Club after my first year of law school and assisted with a case challenging the logging and burning of over 5,000 acres of the Eldorado National Forest in California.
A group of us was able to hike in an area slated for timber removal, and it was eerily disturbing to witness firsthand how many trees were marked for destruction. That experience motivated me to continue my work to advocate for the protection of our environment, our cherished landscapes and natural habitat, and the species that depend upon them.
I grew up in the Midwest—primarily Ohio and Indiana—where national forests unfortunately are not very prevalent. Many folks from these states who don’t live near national forests make a point to pile the family in the car and visit them at some point, sometimes habitually. I have fond memories of our family visiting the Hoosier National Forest in southern Indiana and vacationing one summer in Tennessee near the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area and Cherokee National Forest.
Those visits inspired my love of nature and sparked my interest in embarking on a career to protect our environment.