Andrew started as the Lewis & Clark CD Conservation Planner in 2020. His priority will be the north Lewis & Clark County area, and he will be doing outreach to landowners on Conservation Technical Assistance and the Conservation Stewardship Program primarily. While his main focus will be in Lewis and Clark County, Andrew will be also be putting in some time in Teton and Jefferson Counties. Paired up with NRCS programs and the Elk Creek Assessment, which the CD had done in late 2019, we anticipate that Andrew will be helping landowners initiate some project planning on their properties.
In Andrew’s words:
“I grew up in central Iowa within the community of Des Moines. From a young age I developed an affinity for the outdoors which was built upon by the Boy Scouts of America. To begin building this path I attended Iowa State University obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Forest Ecosystem Management. After graduation I joined the Conservation Corps in Iowa which was a great deal of fun however, having visited the Lubrecht Experimental Forest near Missoula during my studies I felt a calling from the West I could no longer ignore.
My next step was with the Big Sky Watershed Corps who partnered me with Richland and Sheridan County Conservation Districts in the eastern portion of Montana. Despite not having made it to the mountains I quickly fell in love with the landscape and its inhabitants, finding a sense of belonging with the agricultural producers I’d never felt prior. After completing my term with BSWC I began work directly for SCCD managing their groundwater reservation, soil sampling, and education programs in addition to extensive grant writing.
When I found the announcement that Lewis and Clark CD was hiring a conservationist I knew that the opportunity I’d been waiting for had shown itself. I am ecstatic to get my boots on the ground and start meeting the community I look forward to calling home!”
Andrew can be reached at the office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 406-449-5000 extension 3882.