Our Spotlight Member of the Week is Bryan Baer owner of Baer Mountain & Urban Forestry!
Face behind the business – Bryan was born and raised in Elmhurst, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He developed a love for the outdoors around 6th grade after reading the novel, Where the Red Fern Grows and then making the trip to a more rural area of Wisconsin for his Great Grandmother’s funeral – his young mind was suddenly awakened to the magic and beauty of nature. It was then that he realized he belonged, and wanted to one day live, closer to nature as opposed to the more urban landscape of Elmhurst.
It wasn’t until later at 19 when it clicked that he could not only live close to nature but also work in the environment that inspired him. On a trip to Northern California to visit his soon to be brother-in-law, driving through the Red Wood Forest, Bryan saw a Forestry sign and a light bulb went off! At the time of this visit to California, Bryan was on track to get a degree in architecture, he changed his focus and went on to get a Bachelor of Science in Forestry instead. Later, Bryan accepted a job near Walden, CO as a forester with the Colorado State Forest Service, at which time he and his young family finally made the move to Colorado which was a life goal for both him and his wife, Kathleen. The Baer family then found their way to Lyons in 2010 when Bryan took a position at the state office near Lyons as a forester. During his time as a forester Bryan also obtained his red card and fought wildland fires in Colorado and other states, including the Fourmile Canyon Fire in 2010 that threatened the Boulder area.
Bryan and his family, like many, were displaced by the 2013 flood and returned to the Chicago area to figure out how best to move forward. While there, Bryan worked for a local tree company and obtained his certification as an arborist. After eleven months away the Baer's knew they absolutely wanted to return to Lyons. They were able to return to Lyons in the Fall of 2014 and made the decision shortly after to start their own forestry business.
The Baer Forestry motto is, “For the Love of Trees” and if you have ever interacted with Bryan you will understand why this is such a fitting motto for his business. Bryan’s passion and knowledge of trees and tree work is second to none, he loves nothing more than to help his clients care for their trees and property. Whether that be preparing defensible space, focusing on tree health, technical removals of dead or diseased trees, and more – Bryan is your guy!
You can find Baer Forestry online by going to their website, http://baerforestry.com/ or by visiting their Facebook and Instagram pages. To schedule a quote email email@example.com or call 303-823-8088.
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#GivingTuesday this year is one of the most important days of the year for our local nonprofits. Covid has created additional need while also putting financial pressure on all non-profits. The economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic has caused many donors to dial back. Many nonprofits are also having to cancel their usual programs and fundraising events out of concern for public safety. Additionally, most nonprofits have limited financial reserves to carry them through lean times ahead, putting them in a difficult spot.
In the first quarter of 2020 nonprofits nationally saw a 6% loss in donations and could see more than $25 billion lost this year due to the pandemic that would have normally been given. In addition, 35% of Americans expect to donate less money, or no money, to charitable causes in the coming year and more than half (52%) of Americans do not plan to volunteer or will volunteer less next year.
Lyons nonprofits need our support more than ever. They help our community remain a great place to live and contribute to the quality of life we enjoy. Although money is needed by all nonprofits in order for them to continue their missions and programs there are other ways to help that don’t cost anything. If you can’t donate please consider volunteering, following on social media, and sharing their important work/needs.
On our website (link in the comments), we have created a list of some of the local nonprofits we work with and ways you can support them this Giving Tuesday. Please share this post to help spread the word.
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