Arts in Conservation Education

Riders in the Dirt

Comprised of four Forest Service professionals, Riders in the Dirt is an environmentally knowledgeable band from Oregon that was started informally around a campfire. This all-female music group includes Judy Haigler, a program analyst for Regional Air Group; Gayle Hunt, a purchasing agent for the Ochoco National Forest; Anne Alford, a wildlife biologist for the Ochoco National Forest; and Jo Booser, a professional musician and a retired silviculturist for the Ochoco and Deschutes National Forest. With a wide variety of expertise and knowledge, Riders in the Dirt provides an informed outlook on conservation education through the group’s music.

Riders in the Dirt members performing at the Ochoco National Forest Centennial include (left to right): Anne Roberts, wildlife biologist, Ochoco National Forest; Judith Haigler, program analyst, Regional Air Group; Gayle Hunt, purchasing agent, Ochoco National Forest; and Jo Booser, retired silviculturalist. Photo by Bruce Wright

An audience at the 2005 Smithsonian Folklife Festival enjoys the environmentally conscious music of Riders in the Dirt. Riders in the Dirt was featured in the <i>Forest Service, Culture, and Community</i> Festival program. Photo by Meaghan McCarthy