In 1999, Claralynn "Clare" Nunamaker established Heartwood Music and began to perform under the name Clarelynn Rose. At that time
she was working full time as a Registered Professional Forester in Mendocino County, California, specializing in forestry education and
stewardship forestry. Her consulting contracts included work with SmartWood as well
as with small and not-so-small landowners in Mendocino County, creating management and stewardship plans for
individual properties. These plans aimed to help the landowner develop a better
idea of the resources on their property and how to manage those resources to achieve their specific management goals.
In an effort to increase the general level of awareness and knowledge of forestry and natural resource management, Clare authored a newspaper column on forestry issues from 1998-2005. The column, Tree Tips & Forest Facts, began running in the Mendocino County Observer and was later picked up by several northern California newspapers and radio stations until it ceased in 2005.
Former Chair of the Northern California Society of American Foresters (NorCal SAF), board member for the Redwood Outdoor Education Project, board member of the Mendocino County Fire Safe Council, and coordinator for the Forestry Institute for Teachers, Clare gave up active forestry work but, while living in Scotland under a composers visa, remains a member of the Forest Stewards Guild, NorCal SAF, and the Royal Scottish Forestry Society. She also maintains a position on the board of the Research Center for Women and Natural Resources Management of Zhejiang Forestry University in China.
A private consulting forester since 1995, Clare has worked in China and throughout northern California and Oregon, working on holdings from 10 to 5,000 acres. She earned M.S. degrees in Forestry and Environmental Engineering from Humboldt State University, having completed thesis research on forest and tree management in China.
For more on Clarelynn's musical path, please visit the artist bio page.