Photo by Don Boyd
Forest Graber was appointed to the board in May 2019 and formally elected in February 2020. Forest current serves as the chair of the Nature Store Advisory Committee. He is a retired Ph.D. chemist, having worked 25 years for Amoco Oil Company and Chevron Global Lubricants. Forest received his BA degree in chemistry and mathematics, spent 6 years in the US Navy during Vietnam, and then completed his doctoral degree. During his employment with Amoco and Chevron he worked in lubricant formulation, plant operations, quality and technical training. He has been involved in several not-for-profit organizations including Peoples Resource Center and Ten Thousand Villages where he was a board member and officer. He recently completed a 5-year position as stewardship elder and congregational chair of Albuquerque Mennonite Church.
The Grabers have spent a lot of their vacation time visiting national parks like Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park. Growing up in Kansas and later in Illinois, Forest would listen to the sandhill cranes as they flew over. His first visit to Bosque del Apache was over 20 years ago and was a vacation destination when he visited family in Albuquerque. Since moving to Albuquerque in 2012, Forest visits Bosque del Apache several times a year and shared the refuge with students in a gap-year program.