Hi, my name is Hannah! I am one of the AmeriCorps Land Management Crew Leaders this year. My hometown is Guttenberg, Iowa, but I have spent time living in Montana, Colorado, and Ames, Iowa before moving to Iowa City to join the Bur Oak Land Trust team. Being around mountains and wildlife always made me feel like I was right at home. That led me to choose a career in conservation where I can turn my passion into meaningful work.
Before joining AmeriCorps, I attended Iowa State University where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Animal Ecology with a wildlife management option. Although my exact future career goals are yet to be determined, I really enjoy bison, western wildlife, and helping landowners find the best way to take care of their land that they share with the local wildlife.
In addition to spending my work days outside, much of my free time is spent outdoors as well. Among my favorite activities are kayaking on the Turkey River with friends and family or hiking anywhere with memorable views. Usually including my sassy cowboy corgi Arlee! I also enjoy hunting for whitetail, turkey, and for the first time this fall, elk. I am a strong believer that hunting is a necessary part of conservation and see hunting as an opportunity to connect with my environment and spend time with my family.
A love for the land and nature is core part of many of my family’s traditions, and the opportunity to ensure that families in the future can have the same opportunity to make the outdoors a core part of their lives is a fundamental driver of why I am pursuing natural resources.