Staff Members

The mission of the Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative (SOFRC) is to increase the restoration of federal forests in Southwest Oregon’s Rogue River Basin. We work to improve forest health and resilience, reduce the risk of uncharacteristic wildfire to forests and communities, and strengthen regional forest restoration manufacturing and workforce capacity.

Together, we’re charting a new course for our forests.

Sofia Maciel

Sofia Maciel

Wildfire Resiliency Education Program Coordinator

With six years of classroom teaching experience and her Master of Science in Environmental Education from Southern Oregon University, Sofia instructs people of all ages to better understand their outdoor community. Paired with her understanding of local ecology, history, and the outdoors, she utilizes nature as our most impactful educator.

Some exciting projects she has worked on throughout her career include establishing and maintaining school gardens, hands-on live prescribed fire lessons, ecosystem restoration projects, soil quality, water quality, and macroinvertebrate testing, as well as creating sustainable growing systems like solar ovens or aquaponic grow towers with student engagement.

Sofia is committed to connecting more people to their place to care more deeply for one’s community and those they share it with, plants and animals included. On the weekends, you can find Sofia kayaking, camping, hiking, or exploring with her dog and friends.