Sage /sāj/ 1. a person who has gathered a profound wisdom from the land of their home range.
Sages is a place-based platform for applying the writings and stories of past and present climbers, cowboys, river rats, rangers, naturalists, poets, and hobos to inform the current global conversation. Sages are stewards, scientists, and dirtbags that found inspiration in the public lands of their home ranges. The stories of these people transcend their generations and homelands to find relevancy in any time and place. It is our charge to impart the inherent wisdom of our planet’s wild lands.
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Will is a graduate of Clemson University, hailing originally from Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. He currently studies the human dimensions of national parks as a graduate student at Pennsylvania State University. He has worked in public lands for the National Park Service at Wind Cave NP, Yellowstone NP, Cape Cod NS, Missouri NRR, and Grand Canyon NP. Most recently, Will has worked as a creative media specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Alaska Region and the Western Native Trout Initiative. He also has a strong affinity for trail maps, huckleberries, and the literary stylings of John Muir. He can be contacted at: will at sagesproject dot com.
Zach is currently studying at Pennsylvania State University. He’s fascinated by glaciers and will be conducting research this summer within the Andes of Peru and the Juneau Icefield of Alaska. He recently studied abroad in Iceland and got to pursue his other passion of renewable energy and sustainability. From his stomping grounds in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, Zach enjoys running, Eastern philosophy, and homemade mulberry pies.
Paul Di Salvo
Paul grew up on Long Island and has slowly made his way west. His master’s work at SUNY-ESF focused on land and wildlife conservation. He has a bachelor’s in Environmental Studies from Gettysburg College. Paul’s passion for public lands was awoken after working as a seasonal technician for the National Park Service, surveying turtles and shorebirds on the Missouri NRR. As a Wildlife Biologist, Paul is an active member of The Wildlife Society and strives to utilize collaboration to protect America’s wildlife and public lands.
Evan Mikula is a Senior at Clemson University, and a West Virginia native. Evan has worked at Camp Gravatt, a good old fashioned summer camp in the long leaf pine forests of Aiken, South Carolina for the past three summers. This summer Evan will be the Director of Environmental Education at Camp Gravatt. Along with his desire to save the planet, Evan enjoys rock climbing, getting lost on backpacking trips, and picking up strange cats!
Ever since he was little, Anthony has been bounding around in the outdoors, whether it was on his grandparent’s farm as a youngster or long runs through the Pennsylvania hillside as a teenager. His dual passion for the outdoors and cultural awareness has taken him around the world and across the U.S. He seeks to challenge his own thinking through continual exploration of current and historic of cultures and civilizations. Lofty goals of working in the conservation field abroad has him gaining experience stateside with the Forest Service and volunteering with the National Parks Service. He spends his free time slowly chipping away at his never ending book list, relishing long runs, and planning sporadic camping trips.