Toby Bloom

Toby Bloom is the National Program Manager for Tourism and Interpretive Services for the US Forest Service. Some of the current initiatives she leads are the National Forest Explorer Mobile App; strengthening recreation economies in forest gateway communities; working with Tribes to promote genuine interpretation and responsible visitation to native heritage sites on Forest Service- managed lands; promoting healthy people and forests through innovative public lands and public health partnerships; and working with Interpretive Associations to improve visitor experience and appreciation of the National Forests. Toby was previously the Latin America and Caribbean Program Specialist for the Forest Service International Programs division. Before joining USFS, she worked with local communities to develop ecotourism projects in high biodiversity areas of Latin America and the Caribbean as the Director of Wildlife Ecotourism for Humane Society International, as a technical expert for USAID in Honduras, and in several other consultancies in the region. Toby started her tourism career as a tour guide through the US, Canada, and Mexico. She received her master’s degree in Sustainable International Development with a focus on ecotourism from Brandeis University.  Believing deeply in nature as a key aspect of a healthy life, Toby became the first Forest Service employee to be certified as a Nature and Forest Therapy Guide in January of 2019 under the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy.  Toby also serves as an ANFT mentor and Trainer’s Assistant.

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