Julie grew up in the Landes forest – a vast forested area covering one million hectares of maritime pines planted by humans since the 18th century to restore this marshy area. The Landes forest is the largest forest tract in France and one of the largest in all of Europe. This is where Julie acquired her passion for forests of all kinds. Julie was awarded a Master Degree in Science (Biology of Organisms and Populations) from the Université de Bordeaux in France in 1995. She immigrated to Canada when she was still a student and has been fortunate enough to lead an environmental NGO for almost 20 years in the Greater Quebec Area – the Association forestière des deux rives (AF2R), which contributes to the sustainable management of the urban forest and forest ecosystems to maintain biodiversity and ensure the well-being of present and future generations. These values are especially important to Julie and a natural source of motivation and commitment to her work. Julie’s everyday responsibilities are numerous and varied. She supports and counsels a small team of professionals engaged in the development and execution of a number of educational projects related to tress and forests as well as projects focused on the protection and enhancement of natural environments and on the greening of urban areas. Julie is very grateful to work with many passionate volunteers and partners representing various fields.