Ken Lowder began volunteering at as a property steward in 2013. In his spare time, Ken is an avid bird watcher, and has traveled to over 30 countries to pursue this hobby. Additionally, he enjoys playing tennis, and is also a collegiate tennis official.
Before volunteering for Bur Oak Land Trust, Ken had lived for years on a woodland property, and believed that it would care for itself. Over the years, Ken learned the importance of management and conservation. After working with friends to improve and restore his own land, a friend of his told him of Bur Oak Land Trust, and shortly afterward he began working at our Shimek property. A couple years later, along with fellow property stewards Don Bolin and Adriane Moline, he has made great strides in reclaiming and restoring the land at Big Grove Preserve.
His biggest takeaway from his work as a property steward is seeing the immediate improvement in the health and status of the land, due to the work of invasive species removal, prescribed burns, and native plant reintroduction work. There is a lot of work that goes into managing the properties, and volunteers are always needed and welcome. To those considering volunteering with Bur Oak Land Trust, Ken suggests attending one of our events, and to take a tour with one of the property stewards.