Ed Self is the Founder of Wildlands Restoration Volunteers and served as Executive Director for 19 years. He has a Master’s Degree in Volunteer Program Management with an emphasis on ecological restoration and environmental education. Ed’s Master’s thesis looked closely at the wide range of benefits that communities and individuals derive from involvement in habitat restoration work, and included a nation-wide survey of over 300 Forest Service employees involved in community-based restoration projects. Ed has been a community organizer for over 20 years. He started a community garden in Boulder, which continues to thrive after 15 years. He’s been a volunteer naturalist, outdoor educator and avid volunteer. His former career was as electrical engineer and software developer.