All the Feral, Fierce Things: A Wildfire Memoir

Clare is currently working on All the Feral, Fierce Things, a memoir about her rookie season as a wildland firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service. She will address pressing issues facing the fire world – from the extreme difficulties of fighting fire in a climate changed-America to sexual harassment within the Forest Service – while exploring her own personal experiences as a young woman in fire.

In support of her memoir, Clare has been awarded an Anderson Center Residency (2021), the Marcella DeBourg Fellowship (2020), a University of Minnesota – College of Liberal Arts Research and Travel Grant (2019) and O’Rourke Travel Fellowships (2019, 2020).

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Fire Season 2015

Clare Joins the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory as Communications Manager

August 2021 – At the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory (SAFL), engineers and scientists from around the world collaborate across disciplines to solve fluids-related problems involving water and wind. They ask and answer questions about wind turbines, flooding, stormwater, waves and much more. As Communications Manager for SAFL, Clare helps foster connections within the Lab, as well as bringing SAFL’s work to the larger world. SAFL is part of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota.

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Established in 1938, SAFL sits on the Mississippi in the heart of Minneapolis

Examining the Relationship Between Fire, People & Pines in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Wilderness

March 2021 – Through a forthcoming multimedia web story, Clare will explore the ties between fire, people and red pines in the Boundary Waters. This project is funded by the Coalition for Archaeological Synthesis.

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Red pines in northern Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Wilderness

Writing Rooted in Research for the U.S. Forest Service’s Northern Research Station

April 2021 – Clare develops and writes scientific briefs for the Rooted in Research series, released bimonthly by the Northern Research Station. Through these short, compelling articles, Clare delves into the work of Forest Service scientists, highlighting their key management findings.

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Featuring the SPRUCE experiment at the Marcell Experimental Forest in northern Minnesota

Exploring the History of the University of Minnesota’s Cloquet Forestry Center

January 2021 – In a collection of six multimedia web stories titled “60 Years at the Cloquet Forestry Center,” Clare tells stories of the CFC’s work, people and life from 1960 to 2020. In the collection, Clare explores the pioneering work of scientists Isabel Ahlgren and Gordy Gullion, highlights the CFC field sessions, which have educated University of Minnesota forestry students for the past 96 years, and dives into Conservation Education Days, a hands-on learning program which has introduced Carlton County 5th graders to forestry since 1968.

To tell these stories, Clare interviewed over 40 foresters, land managers, professors, students and Cloquet-area community members, including members of the Fond du Lac Band on whose reservation the CFC resides. Throughout the collection, audio clips and historical and contemporary photos are integrated into the narratives to help tell these dynamic stories. The collection ends by looking to the future and asking Fond du Lac Band members and CFC staff to envision what changes the coming years will bring to the Cloquet Forestry Center.

Listen to Clare discuss the collection in her talk “Enlivening Research Through Storytelling: An Exploration of the Methods Behind 60 Years at the Cloquet Forestry Center,” presented at the Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative’s 2021 Forestry and Wildlife Research Review.

Six multimedia stories dive into the history of the Cloquet Forestry Center

Clare Joins the Team Behind the Minnesota Forest Resources Council

January 2021 – Established in 1995, the Minnesota Forest Resources Council is a 17-member board which was created to encourage sustainable forestry practices. The Council, comprised of individuals representing a diverse range of forestry interests, develops policy recommendations for the Minnesota Governor and federal, state, and local governments.

As Communications Manager, Clare tells the Council’s stories through newsletters, articles and updated website content. Clare also participates in strategic communications discussions with the Council’s Communications Committee and Executive Director.

Telling the Story of Minnesota’s Old-Growth Red Pines

January 2020 – In collaboration with the University of Minnesota’s Cloquet Forestry Center (CFC) and the Great Lakes Silviculture Library, Clare tells the historical, ecological and cultural story of an old-growth stand of red pines found on at the CFC. Through archival and contemporary research, in-depth interviews and time in the old-growth stand – known as Camp 8 – Clare crafts a narrative that brings together complex questions about land management in the era of the Anthropocene, historical – yet often overlooked – truths about Indigenous fire stewardship and land tenure, and the role that we – whether as scientists, foresters or engaged citizens – should take as land stewards.

To tell this story, Clare has produced a multimedia article which brings together historical and contemporary photos, video footage of the Camp 8 Stand, maps and more. Read about these old-growth red pines here, watch Clare discuss the multimedia article on the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences Spotlight, or listen to Clare on the Cloquet Forestry Center’s podcast.

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The “Grandmother,” a 300-year-old red pine in the Camp 8 Stand