Holly Snow Canada developed a conservation mindset and an awe for the natural environment at an early age while growing up in Northern California. Her passion for the natural world continues as a resident of Southwest Utah and she now feels most at home in wide open desert landscapes.

Holly’s problem-solving temperament led to degrees in civil engineering and she worked as a water resource engineer for several years in Sacramento, California. In 2017, Holly left her career to move to St. George and pursue her passion for the outdoors. Her background in water resource management gives her a uniquely informed perspective on the water crisis facing Southwest Utah. She loves that she can spread curiosity and wonder for nature as she works in service of CSU’s mission to protect our area’s natural and cultural resources and advocate for smart growth principles.

Holly continues to engineer creative solutions at Conserve Southwest Utah, at home, and out exploring and protecting public lands. She commits herself to lifelong learning as a Utah Master Naturalist, and enjoys hiking, biking, and trail running!


Holly earned a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a B.S. in Integrated Business and Engineering from Lehigh University, PA, in 2010. She completed an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering: Water Resources, at the University of California, Davis in 2012.