Jess Beckerling is the Forests for Life Convener and Campaign Director. Jess has lived in the forests on the south coast for the past 13 years. She first became involved in forest conservation in 1997 when she joined the Giblett forest blockade near Pemberton. Jess lived in forest blockade camps for 3 years, winning the State Government’s Youth Leadership Award in recognition of her commitment to the maintenance of nonviolence in the camps.
As well as forest conservation Jess has played an important role in local conservation issues around Denmark and Walpole. She has been the convener of WAFA since 2011 and was awarded the Conservation Council’s Bessie Rischbieth award in 2015 for her commitment over many years to the protection of the environment.