Arielle Quintana is 2015 Udall Honorable Mention

Arielle Quintana is a proud tribal member of Cochiti Pueblo, a small American Indian reservation located in New Mexico. In the summer of 2011, the Los Conchas fire burned and destroyed over 156,000 acres of land, including her people's ancestral domain. The Los Conchas fire was devastating to many tribes and communities, and caused numerous environmental and health impacts.

After witnessing the destruction of the Los Conchas fire, Arielle's goal became to attain education that will help her restore damaged lands, specifically those damaged by forest fires within my reservation's jurisdictional and ancestral domain.

She is a sophomore pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Restoration Ecology with a minor in Conservation Biology. Arielle is attending CSU to gain knowledge and experience within post-fire mitigation techniques and practices, so that she may help her tribe, and surrounding pueblo communities, restore damaged lands, and reestablish healthy, sustainable habitats and ecosystems in the Southwest.