James Fluck retired from the University of Iowa in 2010, having worked 11 years at Hancher Auditorium and 22 years in Information Technology. He has previously served on the Bur Oak Land Trust Board of Directors from 2011-2017. A significant contribution during that tenure was compiling the original, successful application for national Land Trust Accreditation.
James and his partner, Julie Scott, are in their second decade of woodland improvement on their Iowa City property. By themselves and with contractors, they have opened the forest canopy, removed alien understory trees, and attacked the inevitable invasives. They have had eight successful prescribed burns and have been rewarded with carpets of spring ephemerals, including their favorite—shooting star.
In addition to the native plants in their woodland, James and Julie also enjoy gardening with hostas and accompanying plants closer to their house. They have recently taken up flat-water kayaking. James is also an amateur genealogist and can trace part of his German lineage back ten generations.