Jasmine Facun

Baileys Trail System Program Assistant

jasmine@ruralaction.org

Jasmine is an environmental scientist with a background in communications and photojournalism. When she isn’t turning over rocks to find salamanders, you may see her zipping around the roller derby track, as a member and coach of the Appalachian Hell Betties. A native of Los Angeles, she spent many years traveling, has lived all over the United States, and even resided in Abu Dhabi, UAE for three years. She and her family settled in the Athens area in 2015, where she completed a BS in Wildlife & Conservation Biology and, with a generous fellowship from the Stream + Wetlands Foundation, a MS in Environmental Studies. Jasmine has long been interested in the intersection of environmental conservation and sustainable economic development, and her graduate research on the channelized Hocking River’s mowing management earned several prestigious awards. Upon completing graduate school, she was selected into the Resource Assistants Program with the US Forest Service and was instrumental in launching the Baileys Trail System, located in the Wayne National Forest. Just five months into her position with the Wayne, Jasmine was recognized as just one of six named Team Members on the Baileys Trail System’s Chief’s Award, the highest honor given by the US Forest Service. She is passionate about asset-based opportunities that allow for rural economic development that put resources back into communities, rather than extracting from them. Jasmine regards the Baileys Trail System as a catalyst for sustainable economic growth throughout Southeast Ohio, while adding health and quality of life benefits for generations to come. She lives with her husband, two children, and a small menagerie of animals on a quaint homestead in Millfield, Ohio.