As the Principal Consultant at Meryl Harrell LLC, Meryl advises non-profits, foundations, and government agencies working to conserve America’s public and private working lands. Her work helps to improve land management, care for our national forests, support economic growth in rural communities, and connect people to the great outdoors.
During her eight years at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Meryl worked closely with colleagues at the U.S. Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, as well as with other agencies and diverse stakeholders, to set America’s public lands agenda and to conserve private working lands.
She was a lead author of the Forest Service’s land management planning rule, worked to implement the 2014 Farm Bill, made it easier for groups to recreate on pubic lands and for recreation to support economic growth in gateway communities, worked on policies to increase forest restoration and watershed health and address the fire funding problem in Forest Service, supported partnerships and collaboration, and led efforts to connect youth and veterans to the outdoors through the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps. As Chief of Staff for more than two years, she managed budget and personnel, created and implemented a strategic vision for the office, communicated with the public, and fostered an inclusive, supportive and effective working environment.