Getting To Know . . . .Jackie Thomas (Holm)

Jackie's introduction to the West was when she moved to Fort Collins, CO to study Natural Resource Management at CSU. She worked on several ranches and with the US Forest Service as wilderness ranger in the Wind River Range in Wyoming, before receiving her teaching credentials at the University of Wyoming in Biology and Earth Sciences in order to teach on the Wind River Indian Reservation. In the interim, Jackie lived in Lander, WY, and worked on Red Canyon Ranch with The Nature Conservancy. At the time, she thought she would live in Lander for the rest of her life. However, she and her family moved to Redwood National Park in Arcata, CA, for eight years, then to Crater Lake National Park for another four years, and then to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon for one year. About three years ago, Jackie moved into Flagstaff to get her master's degree in Environmental Science & Policy at NAU. She started with the AZ State Land Department in August 2016, and she says that she'll be here forever! Jackie has two daughters, whom she treasures, a new dog, an old cat, and six chickens.

  • Born in: Boston, MA
  • Childhood Hero: Leo Conroy (my horse trainer)
  • Current Hero/Muse: Melody Beattie
  • Contribution to the Flagstaff Community: I want to work with AGFD to put flashing lights on the bottom of Cedar Hill by Buffalo Park that would be triggered by mule deer so people are more aware of the deer crossing the road
  • Favorite Hobbies: Walking, cooking, skiing, sports
  • Fondest Outdoor Memory: Trapping grizzly bears in Wyoming
  • Favorite Western: Shane, by Jack Schaefer
  • Favorite Western-wear item: Belt
  • Favorite Ranch Recipe: Carrot cake
  • Currently Unrealized Life Dream: Hiking Mont Blanc
  • Possible (or Actual) Ranch Nickname: Scout
  • Favorite College Class: Watershed management
  • Favorite Quotation:
This is the most beautiful place on earth. There are many such places . . . a greasy alley near the Hoboken waterfront . . .
— Edward Abbey in Desert Solitaire