Eric Rios-Bretado (he/him/él)
Eric is a recent arrival to Mono City, California, having moved here for a career with the Inyo National Forest. He works out of the Mono Lake Ranger District as a recreation management specialist and occasional volunteer coordinator. Growing up in Texas, there was limited public land to explore and immerse in nature, and he remembers watching the remnant black land prairies replaced with shopping malls, parking lots, and neighborhoods. He studied wildlife management in college with a goal of pursuing a career in the outdoors where he could make a difference. Working on the first National Scenic Area in the country has provided a unique opportunity to develop his skills in land management and coordinating with local communities and nonprofits to work together to protect and enhance the resources of the Mono Basin. His background includes river management and policy, developing sustainable recreation plans, surveying visitors at national wildlife refuges, silviculture management, and coordinating volunteer projects. He enjoys birding, reading, hiking, and connecting to his heritage by cooking traditional Mexican dishes for friends and family.